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1961 Porsche 356B

Coupe by Beutler
Engine No. 85172
Amelia Island 2020 - Gooding & Co.
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
$395,500
Sale Price
56
Lot Number
#2+
Older Restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis No. 13031, Engine No. 85172. White with a blue roof over red leather. 1582-cc, 75-hp H-4. 4-speed manual. Chromed steel wheels, gold brightwork, and tools.

Evaluation: Older restoration | One of five 356Bs bodied by Beutler. High-­quality paint in original colors. Shiny, clean brightwork. Excellent other than the headliner not quite fitting at the back. First restored after light damage from a garage fire in 2007, it still looks fresh. A show-quality restoration of a rare, interesting car.

Bottom Line: The Beutler brothers of Thun, Switzerland, built several bodies on the Porsche 356 platform, including an attractive one-off aluminum cabriolet called the “Pur Sang.” This more conservative coupe isn’t their best work. In fact, most would call the standard 356 coupe a prettier car. Any Beutler-bodied car, though, is a rare quirk and exciting for Porschephiles. A standard car in the same condition likely would have sold for half as much.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
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