The 356 was heavily revised for 1960. Visually, the front bumper and headlamps were higher, while the indicators lenses protruded further and the handle on the bonnet became wider. New vents under the front bumper fed air to the brakes.

The cabin boasted a new three-spoked steering wheel, shorter gearlever, and restyled seats, front and rear.

The engine capacity was increased to 1.6-litre and power to 60bhp on this, the entry-level car.

How to spot

Raised front bumper and headlamps. Wide bonnet handle. Vents under front bumper. Plain convex chrome hubcaps.


The 356B 1600 was offered in Coupe, Cabriolet Hard-top Coupe (Cabriolet with a hardtop welded in place) Hardtop/Cabriolet (Cabriolet with a removable hardtop) forms.


Capacity: 1582cc

Compression ratio: 7.5:1

Maximum Power: 60bhp @ 4500rpm

Maximum Torque: 110Nm @ 2800rpm

Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums

Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transvers torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with radius arms, two torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.60-15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.60-15 tyres

Length: 4010mm

Width: 1670mm

Weight: 900kg

Did you know?

0-60mph: 16.5 sec Top speed: 96mph

The 356B used warm air from the engine to demist the rear screen.