1963 Porsche 356B Coupe By Canepa

Often times the visual that comes to people’s minds when “early Porsches” are mentioned is the classic and iconic Porsche 356. With its timeless styling that evolved over the course of its 10+ year production run, increasingly gaining power and handling improvements during that time, it became a well-known and well-liked sports car.

With space for two front passengers and 2 slightly smaller passengers in the back, it became a sports car that could be argued as “practical.” No doubt helping with its popularity, the 356 would cement itself as one of the all-time greats of early sports car design and still reflects that today with its enthusiast base and strong values.

This matching numbers Porsche 356B 1600 “Super” was finished by the Porsche factory on June 10th, 1963. According to the Kardex, the car was optioned with Ivory paint over red leather. Some of the additional options included the rare electric sunroof, chrome plated wheels, and its decorative molding. Its first owner was Colonel Walter W. Long of Chicago, IL. It is believed that Long took European delivery of the car and enjoyed the 356 for a little while before shipping the car home. This is due to the finish and delivery date on the Kardex being the same date, as well as the first maintenance service of 400km being completed by Rossel, Wiesbaden on June 26th, 1963. Once the car arrived on U.S. soil, it received its second service at Hoffman Motors on November 3rd, 1963 with 1,981 miles on the odometer. On March 6th, 1971 Walt took the car to Wilgner Tire, Inc in Albuquerque, New Mexico for new Michelin tires and tubes with an indicated 19,592 miles on the car.

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