This more powerful 356B Roadster boasted an output of 75bhp, up 15bhp on the entry-level car thanks mainly to an increased compression ratio.

In other ways, it was identical to the 1600 Roadster, with the 356B body body updates, plus a lightweight hood and simpler, race-orientated interior.

How to spot

Raised front bumper and headlamps. Wide bonnet handle. Vents under front bumper. Convex chrome hubcaps with Porsche badge in centre. Simple, unlined hood.


Capacity: 1582cc

Compression ratio: 7.5:1

Maximum Power: 75bhp @ 5000rpm

Maximum Torque: 117Nm @ 3700rpm

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 (optional radial tyres: 165/15)

Length: 4010mm

Width: 1670mm

Weight: 900kg

Did you know?

0-60mph: 15.0 sec Top speed: 108mph

The Roadster was built by a different contractor to other 356Bs; Drauz in Heilbronn until 1961 then B Leteren in Brussels.