1963 Porsche 356

The Porsche 356 was a very successful vehicle for Porsche with sales quickly exceeding expectations. The production versions were built alongside their racing counterparts benefiting from knowledge and technology gained from racing, and the road-going version quickly evolved into a refined sporting automobile. The first Porsche, introduced in 1948, was designated 356/2 and initially produced in Gmund, Austria. By the time production came to a close in April of 1965, more than 70,000 examples had been manufactured. The sleek and distinctive body work had been designed by Erwin Komenda, and the project was spearheaded by Ferry Porsche, the son of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. The lifespan of the 356 went through numerous and never-ending improvement, a hallmark that continues to this day.

The 356B debuted at Frankfurt in September 1959 with the new T-5 body style, while available engine options remained unchanged. The 'Super 90' motor became available as an option in 1960, the most powerful pushrod-type Porsche engine to date.

The 356B T-6 was powered by a 1740cc air-cooled four-cylinder engine, with power being sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox while four-wheel hydraulic drums provided the stopping power.

The T6 was first shown at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show and one of the most distinguishable features was the twin-engine cooling grilles mounted on the rear lid. In comparison to the T5, the T6 had a larger windscreen and the Coupe version received a larger back window. There were other subtle changes such as the spring-loaded fuel filler which was mounted in the right front wing. An electrically operated sunroof became available but at an additional cost.

Slow sales forced Porsche to discontinue the model in June of 1962. The production of the 356B continued until July of 1963 when the 356C was introduced.

Super 90
The 356B was available as a coupe, roadster and cabriolet body styles, with a small number of 'notch-back' coupes built in 1961 and 1962 by Karmann. All of these variants could be installed with a choice of three air-cooled OHV engines, the 60-horspeower Normal, the 75-horsepower Super, and the Type 616/7 'Super 90,' named for its peak horsepower at 5,500 RPM. The Super 90 had a higher-lift camshaft, a 9.1 compression ratio, and a pair of larger 40-millimeter Solex PII down-draft carburetors. A stronger Hausermann clutch package was adopted, and engine lubrication was upgraded for better longevity. With this engine installed, the 900 kilogram Porsche were capable of a 185 km/h top speed while returning 27 mpg. Large finned-aluminum drum brakes provided more than adequate stopping power.

Carrera 2 GS 2000
The Carrera was named for the famously grueling Mexican road race at which Porsche had dominated the 2-liter class. Initially available in Coupe, Convertible, and Speedster body styles, the Carrera would outgrow its original performance mandate, eventually becoming more luxurious.

The 356 Carrera, the first edition of Porsche's performance car, was introduced in 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was powered by a special race-bred engine that had been in development since 1952, and differed in nearly every detail to the standard Porsche engine. It used dual-cam valve actuation, twin distributor ignition, two twin-throat carburetors, and dry sump lubrication. The four-cam engine was backed by a fully synchronized four-speed manual transaxle, with model-specific annular disc brakes at all four corners. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 125 mph.

The 356 B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Cabriolet was the most expensive and fastest Porsche road car of its day, with the $6,200 price about 50% more than the pushrod-engine model. The cost was mostly due to the complex Type 587/1 four-cam engine, which took nearly 100 hours to assemble. Total Carrera 2 CABS production in 1963 and 1964 was about 64 examples.

The updated Carrera had been first shown at the 1961 Frankfurt auto show and was exclusively available as a Coupe. The original dual-cam motor design was enlarged to two liters, increasing more power, and reclassified as the Type 587/1, resulting in the fastest Porsche road car to date. Other performance improvements included four-wheel ATE disc brakes, making it the first Porsche road car to be so equipped.

The Carrera 2 was introduced for the 1962 model year, being internally coded GS 2000 and wearing Reutter's twin rear-grille T-6 body style. Dual exhausts helped distinguish it from the standard pushrod 356B. The 587 two-liter engines could be distinguished from the earlier 1600 pushrod units by their rectangular camshaft covers and 12-volt electrical systems. Carburetion was by a pair of Solex 40PII-4 downdraft units that were fed by a single electric fuel pump. The fuel tank was slightly larger, at 110 liters, than the pushrod 356 C. To ease access to the spark plugs, small access panels were installed inside the rear wheel wells. A Type 751 fully synchronized four-speed gearbox was mated to engine, sending power to the rear wheels. Approximately 310 examples of the Carrera 2 were made in total.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018

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1963 Vehicle Profiles

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Carrera 2 Coupe

Chassis Num: 123210
Engine Num: 97201

What would start out as a car built only for experience would end up becoming one of the cars that would make Porsche a world-wide brand. Initial drawings would be completed in 1947. By the 1960s, the Porsche 356 would be listed among the top sports ....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

B-suffix Porsche 356s were produced between 1959 and 1963 with some 30,963 examples flowing out of Zuffenhausen in the five years. No other 356 series approached these numbers. The suffix A cars preceding (1955-1959) reached 21,045 and following C se....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 211365

There were over 70,000 Porsche 356s of all engine and body configurations imported to the United States between 1948 and 1965. During that time frame, many changes were implemented on the car making a very refined and modern machine. ....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 213295
Engine Num: 700620

A Kardex-matching coupe, this 356C is a low-mileage car that underwent a restoration back in 1994; it is fitted with disc brakes. The 356C was Porsche's last major upgrade of the series. By this time, the United States was the largest market for th....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet SC

This car is a Super 90 Cabriolet in current ownership since 1977. The car has won numerous awards and was always driven to the shows. The Super 90 has Solex Carburetors and a red line at 5800 RPM. The Super 90 also has a Compensator Spring in the ....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet C

The B series was the 356 that provided the quality standard that Porsche sought from the beginning, enough of course to herald the introduction of the C series and shortly thereafter, the 911 in 1965. In 1963, 932 T6 B series Cabriolets were built ve....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 157229

This Porsche 356B Cabriolet has the 'T-6' body type and high-output 1600S engine. It is finished in the original color scheme of Smyrna Green with Light Brown leather upholstery and a matching top. The car was imported new to the United States by Jac....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 123709

1963 S90 Coupe with chassis number 123709 was used by Porsche engineering to test many C features including: disc brakes with reservoir in truck and one-of-a-kind front calipers, hood latch, rear view mirror, interior lights, arm rests, passenger gra....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 157820
Engine Num: 705118

The Reutter-bodied Porsche Roadster was replaced in 1959 with the Convertible D, which had a taller windshield, windup windows, and a top that fit better. In 1960, Porsche introduced the 356B, with 15-inch wheels, heavier and taller bumpers, and a re....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

The T-6 body style spanned the 356 B and the 1964 model year 356 C. There is only one visible exterior difference between the 356 C and the 356 B: the hubcaps. Those for the B are the 'baby moon' style or have a protrusion in the middle. Flat hubcaps....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

The Porsche 356B coupe by Karmann was in production for only two years. This car is unique in that its current owner purchased it new in November of 1963.....[continue reading]

Chassis Num: 124097

Porsche's first production automobile would be a ground-breaking design that would set the stage for Porsche's name to be listed among the greatest sportscar manufacturers in history.

It is difficult to get it right in the first try. Porsche ....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 121371
Engine Num: 609112

This Porsche 356 B was built on August 27, 1962 and delivered new through Hoffman Motorcars in New York to its original owner, Edward W. Ver Hoef, of Rockville, Maryland. The car was originally finished in Silver Metallic with a red vinyl interior. M....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 157310
Engine Num: 609460

This Porsche 356 B Cabriolet was completed on September 19th of 1962, and finished in Champagne Yellow and equipped with 13 options. It was delivered new to Dutch Porsche importer Ben Pon, and was purchased by M.A. Basinger of Denver, Colorado, and t....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Carrera 2 Coupe

Chassis Num: 122561
Engine Num: 98016

The Porsche 2000 GS, or Carrera 2, was introduced in 1962. Power was provided by a new two-liter Type 587 engine, a development of the Ernst Fuhrmann designed four-cam unit. Modifications made to the engine were significant, including a reinforced cr....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

The Super 90 is powered by a 90 horsepower, 1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual 40 Solex carburetors coupled to a four-speed manual 741 transmission. It has independent front suspension with laminated torsion b....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Carrera 2 Coupe

Chassis Num: 121298
Engine Num: 97079

The new T-6 body for the 356 model was announced by Porsche at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 1961. Modifications included larger front and rear windows, a bigger front hood squarer in shape, revised fuel tank, enhanced luggage capacity, an....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 123845
Engine Num: 97236

The Porsche Carrera 2 was introduced for the 1962 model-year, internally coded as GS 2000, and wore Reutter's twin rear-grille T-6 bodystyle. Perhaps the most distinguishable feature that set it apart from the standard pushrod 356B was the dual exhau....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Chassis Num: 158165
Engine Num: 705709

The Porsche 356 quickly became a very popular vehicle that fostered rapid improvements and the possibility to expand the model line. The 356B was the second iteration of the small Porsche sports car, and was introduced to the public at the 1959 Frank....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Chassis Num: 213231
Engine Num: 610698

The Porsche 356 made its appearance in 1948 and was based on a Volkswagen platform. The car would bring class victories across a wide variety of events, from Le Mans, where it won the 1,100-cubic centimeter class in 1951, to rally and hill climbs. By....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Coupe

Production of the Porsche 356 was split between Karman and Reutter. This 356 Porsche rolled out of the Karosserie Karman plant in 1963, and delivered to its new owner in Germany. It spent many years touring Europe before, like many of these, being bo....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet SC

- The design of the first Porsche sports car was initiated by Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferry under project number 356. This was to be the identifying number for the series of cars produced from 1948 until 1965.
- Although the cars retained th....[continue reading]

1963 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 158320

To many vintage Porsche enthusiasts, the Carrera 2 represents the ultimate 356. Porsche's top offering in the early 1960s, the 2000GS - also known as the Carrera II - was not designed as an outright racing car, but rather as a grand touring car that ....[continue reading]

Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis #: 123210 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 211365 
Coupe
Chassis #: 213295 
Cabriolet SC
 
Cabriolet C
 
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 157229 
Coupe
Chassis #: 123709 
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 157820 
Coupe
 
Coupe
 
Chassis #: 124097 
Coupe
Chassis #: 121371 
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 157310 
Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis #: 122561 
Coupe
 
Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis #: 121298 
Coupe
Chassis #: 123845 
Chassis #: 158165 
Chassis #: 213231 
Coupe
 
Cabriolet SC
 
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 158320 

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1963 356
$5,090-$22,503,030
1963 Porsche 356 Price Range: $4,195 - $5,090

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Porsche
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)1,688
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)5,759
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)7,559
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)7,559
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)4,681
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,201

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