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1960 Porsche 356 B, Coupé, Cabrio, Roadster, Carrera

1960 Porsche 356 B, Coupé, Cabrio, Roadster, Carrera

With the launch of the 356 B models at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1959 Porsche gambled on the appeal of the A model. Porsche made its daring leap into the 60s by giving the 356 a complete facelift. The internally named T 5 versions therefore gained, for instance, higher bumpers and headlights.

“I believe it to be very important for the car designer to make vehicles foolproof”, said Ferry Porsche once, and modifications such as safety steering with hydraulic shock absorbers, a steering wheel with lowered hub or further optimised brakes were included to this end. The new Super 90 version also had radial tyres and a differential spring on the rear axle inspiring the tester, H.U. Wieselmann, from auto moto und sport to describe this model as having the ”good nature of a fairytale uncle”. The editor of the American Road & Track magazine was also delighted with the new Porsche qualities: ”We reluctantly extracted ourselves from our test car.”

The Convertible D version was also renamed the Roadster for this model year. As the first 356 the Carrera, now available in GT version only, had a 12 volt electrical system.

Technical Specifications
Engine:

four cylinder Boxer, air-cooled, central camshaft

1600 GS Carrera GT Coupé
four-cylinder Boxer, air-cooled, four upper camshafts driven by vertical shafts, dual ignition
Power:

engine model 616/1 no. 600101 -604700, 60 HP (44 kW) at 4500/min

engine model 616/2 no. 84771 -88320, 75 HP (55 kW) at 5000/min

engine model 616/7 no. 800101 -80200, 90 HP (66 kW) at 5500/min

Roadster:
engine model 616/1 no. 600101 -604700, 60 HP (44 kW) at 4500/min

engine model 616/2 no. 84771 -88320, 75 HP (55 kW) at 5000/min

engine model 616/7 no. 800101 -80200, 90 HP (66 kW) at 5500/min

1600 GS Carrera GT:
engine model 692/3 no. 95001 -95114, 115 HP (85 kW) at 6500/min
Displacement:

engine model 616/1 no. 600101 -604700 and engine model 616/2 no. 84771 -88320 and engine model 616/7 no. 800101 -80200, 1582 ccm

Roadster:engine model 616/1 no. 600101 -604700 and engine model 616/2 no. 84771 -88320 and engine model 616/7 no. 800101 -80200, 1582 ccm

1600 GS Carrera GT:
engine model 692/3 no. 95001 -95114, 1588 ccm
Fuel system:

two Zenith double downdraft carburettors,
tank capacity 50 litres

1600 GS Carrera GT:
two Solex double downdraft carburettors,
tank capacity 50 litres
Transmission: four speed gearbox
Chassis:

Coupé no. 108918-114650,
Cabrio no. 152476-154560,
Roadster no. 86831-88920

1600 GS Carrera GT no. see Coupé
steel plate box-type chassis with all-steel bodywork
Dimensions and weight:

wheel base: 2,100 mm
length: 4,001 mm
width: 1,670 mm
height: 1,330 mm

weight: approx. 900 kg

Roadster:
wheel base: 2,100 mm
length: 4,001 mm
width: 1,670 mm
height: 1,310 mm

weight: 870 kg

1600 GS Carrera GT:
Coupé 845 kg
Performance: 1600: 160 km/h
Super 75: 175 km/h
Super 90: 180 km/h

Roadster:
1600: 160 km/h
Super 75: 175 km/h
Super 90: 180 km/h

1600 GS Carrera GT: 200 km/h