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Porsche 356B

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A sports car produced by Porsche.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Porsche 356 page on 28 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

In late 1959 significant styling and technical refinements gave rise to the 356 B (a T5 body type). The mid-1962 356 B model was changed to the T6 body type (twin engine lid grilles, an external fuel filler in the right front wing/fender and a larger rear window in the coupé). The Porsche factory did not call attention to these quite visible changes with a different model designation. However, when the T6 got disc brakes, with no other visible alterations, they called it the model C, or the SC when it had the optional extra powerful engine. A unique "Karmann hardtop" or "notchback" 356 B model was produced in 1961 and 1962. The 1961 production run (T5) was essentially a cabriolet body with the optional steel cabriolet hardtop welded in place. The 1962 line (T6 production) was a very different design in that the new T6 notchback coupé body did not start life as a cabriolet, but with its own production design—In essence, part cabriolet rear end design, part T6 coupé windshield frame, unique hard top. Both years of these models have taken the name "Karmann notchback".


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1962 Porsche 356B Advertisement Today's Motor Sports, January 1962
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Speed Wheels 856673Series X, small scale Porsche 356B, black


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