Lot 307: Porsche 356B Roadster
Drauz Karosserieswerke, of Heilbronn, Germany, dated from 1900 when Gutav Drauz and his partner Rudolf Leopold began building bodies for NSU and Daimler. Business was brisk into the 1920s, by which time Adler, Ford and Fiat were clients. After World War II, Drauz supplied van bodies to DKW and Ford. From 1959 to 1962, they were also body suppliers to Porsche, but bodies for the Ford Taunus sedan and FK 1000 van remained the principal product. In 1956, NSU bought the Drauz factory to build the Prinz model and Drauz moved into tool development for the motor industry. As a unit of ThyssenKrupp Drauz Northelfer GmbH they remain in that business today. Drauz's first body for Porsche was the 356A Convertible D (for "Drauz") for the 1959 model year. A successor to the popular Speedster model, the Convertible D had a taller windshield and folding top. More comfortable and more practical than the Speedster, 1,331 were built in the 14-month period of production. For 1960, Porsche introduced the new "T-5" body style, designating the model 356B. The T-5 had a flatter hood and front sheet metal, and larger, higher bumpers. The Convertible D was discontinued, replaced by the Roadster, still built by Drauz. It remained in production through 1962, by which time a new T-6 body had been adopted. Roadster production for the 1960 model year was 2,088 units. The car offered here is an original California model that was originally delivered with Ruby red paintwork and leatherette trim. Today it is presented in a very similar guise, but the interior has been improved with tan leather and the paint is a more striking Signal red livery. At its time of restoration approximately 10 years ago it was noted to be a very good straight example and to have its original floor pan. The interior in addition to being in leather sports the optional special order of wishbone-bracket seats and a VDM Carrera wooden steering wheel. The engine and transmission were rebuilt roughly ten years ago. In the present ownership for the last three or so years, the car has benefited from further freshening and attention at the hands of a Porsche specialist in Florida. Rubber stamping its collectibility, it comes with a factory certificate of authenticity confirming its matched numbers status as well as original tools and books.
Bonhams & Butterfields, Westport, CT
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