Selling a 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster


1961 Porsche 356 B Roadster
1961 Porsche 356 B Roadster

During the 1960 production year, the Porsche 356B Roadster would effectively replace the Convertible D model that was offered only in 1959. For 1961, only 812 models of the 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster would be produced before the market’s love for open-top driving would fade. Sales for soft-top versions of the Porsche 356 would decline in the early 1960s. Today, however, these early soft-top models are some of the most desired by buyers thanks to its classic design and sporty performance. If you’re the owner of a 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster, or any open-top 356, you likely understand this appeal. When selling your Roadster you may find that some uneducated buyers do not understand the difference between the Roadster and the Cabriolet that was part of the line at the same time. The best way to explain the difference is that the Roadster featured a removable windscreen, while the Cabriolet was actually a soft-top version of the Coupe, which featured a full-size windshield with body-matching color surrounding it. Manufactured until 1962, the Roadster can be either a T-5 or T-6 body type, with the T-6 being fairly rare.


1961 Porsche 356B Roadster Seller’s Guide

Because of the high cost of restoration, buyers will be looking for the most complete 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster they can find within their budget. When you post your classic 356 for sale, always list out any components that are included in the sale and be honest with the overall condition. It is also helpful to have current photographs to show the condition, focusing on any areas of rust or damage. Whether you’re selling a pristine Roadster worthy of a museum or a poor condition model in need of complete restoration, having pictures handy can make the transaction that much easier. Buyers will also ask to verify the engine and chassis numbers. For the Roadster, buyers will also be particularly interested in the condition of the soft-top, as well as any rust that has accumulated at the bottom of the doors – a common spot for rusting on these Roadster models. These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips that the Alex Manos team has learned over the years for the 356 Roadster.



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