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Lot 318: Porsche 356 B T5 Roadster

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

Throughout 356B production Porsche introduced some of the most significant developments ever made on the 356. Improvements were focused upon handling, ride and refinement as well as their little sports cars sparkling performance. The reliability was further enhanced whilst Porsche also made a few subtle aesthetic tweaks, all of which upped the original cars appeal and firmly established it as by far the best car in its class. The 356B also marked the arrival of a new body style, the Roadster, which replaced Porsche's much-loved Speedster and subsequent Convertible D. With the B, Porsche introduced subtly revised bodywork for the 356, the cars built between September 1959 and August 1961 often being referred to as T-5 versions. They nevertheless retained all the hallmarks that had made the 356 great. The rear seats were lowered to optimise headroom and also split centrally in order to facilitate three passengers and their luggage - should such a feat be required.

Manufactured on the 28th December 1959 and originally delivered to Hoffmans of New York on the 21st March 1960, the car resided with a Nancy Book-Hayes of Claremont, California until 1993, after which it was exported to Germany. In 1998 YSL 930 was completely restored by German Porsche 356 specialists Linea Classica and a detailed photographic record of the restoration is contained in the history file. When the car was restored, two engines underwent a complete overhaul; the original matching numbers item and a second engine, which is fitted and used to put mileage on. The original matching-numbers item has not been used since the restoration and is supplied with the car.

YSL 930 was purchased by the vendor in July 2001 and has been well maintained ever since, with a regular service every year from 2002 to 2008. The vendor has also been an active member of the 356 Register with the car used faultlessly on various 356 Rallies including the 28th 356 International Meeting in 2003 in Brighton, the 29th meeting in Deauville, France and the 31st International 356 meeting in Italy in 2006. Finished in silver with a black leather interior, the car is in excellent condition and features many nice touches including a period Blaupunkt radio in working order, original tool kit and jack.

When the car was imported to the UK the headlamps and speedo were changed to UK specification. European specification headlamps and the kilometre speedo have been retained by the vendor and are supplied with the car.

Also included with the car is a V5 document, Porsche Classic Certificate, MoT certificate valid until August 2010, the aforementioned photographic restoration file, original drivers manual, bills, US Certificate of Title, German registration documents, service manual, original Factory Tour Summer 1960 booklet and original Porsche 356 B booklet.

This outstanding car is a superb example of one of Porsche's most iconic models which is beautifully presented and will no doubt be admired wherever it goes.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
Lot Number318
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£73282
Condition rating1
Registration numberYSL 930  
Chassis number87352
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2