49 Years-Owned 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet On Market

By BRING A TRAILER / Posted on August 7, 2018

This 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet is a black-plate example that was purchased by the seller on February 27, 1969 from Leon Felton Motors in San Rafael, California with 69,168 miles. It was originally finished in Ivory, and the seller had a Champagne Yellow repaint completed in July 1971 at German Motors in Sacramento. The car served as a daily driver until 1977 and has primarily been used on weekends since 1980. Power is from a 1,600cc Type 616/12 T-6 flat-four paired with a 4-speed manual transaxle, and the engine was reportedly overhauled less than 2,500 miles ago in 1991. This 356 is said to have traveled just over 209k miles and is offered with a February 1969 purchase order, factory service booklet and tool kit, service records dating to the 1960s, and clean California title in the seller’s name.

After being repainted Champagne Yellow in 1971, the car was driven daily and had its right-front fender and headlamp replaced after an accident in June 1974. The car has reportedly been garaged since the seller’s purchase over 49 years ago. Note the vintage black California plates, with the rear held in a “Leon C. Felton San Rafael” frame from 1969.

Flaws reportedly include rust around the front of the trunk lid and both doors, along with a worn soft top boot cover. The soft top itself is shown from multiple angles in the photo gallery below, and has a 7″ repair on the passenger side.

Rust repair has been performed in the battery box area. A previous electrical short in the right-front headlight area burned a corner of the original trunk cover as shown above. The factory tool kit is detailed in the photo gallery.

This 356 retains period red leather upholstery showing wear commensurate with age and use, while replacement items include the carpets and the period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, which is described as having spotty FM reception. A thin-rimmed factory 3-spoke steering wheel remains equipped. Further interior photos are provided in the gallery.

The 5-digit odometer shows just over 9k miles and has rolled over twice as documented by 50+ years of maintenance records. A list of interior imperfections is provided by the seller:

  • No seat belts currently installed
  • Tachometer unhooked after it stopped working
  • Clock inoperable
  • Replacement turn signal mechanism not working properly
  • Non-original Blaupunkt radio
  • Two included carpet panels covering the rear seat area need to be installed
  • The right sun visor broke off, and is included with the sale

The air-cooled 1,600cc flat-four was reportedly rebuilt at 206,871 miles in 1991 by Autohaus in San Bruno, California. The seller states that between 1969 and the 1980s the car was primarily maintained by European Car Service in the same area. The most recent service in June 2016 consisted of a new shift linkage, replacement turn signal, and an engine oil/filter change.

A purchase order from the seller’s acquisition of the car in February 1969 will also accompany the sale.

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