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.
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
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0-60mph: 16.5 sec Top speed: 96mph
The 356B used warm air from the engine to demist the rear screen.