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Is my 1961 356B 1600 Karmann Hardtop authentic?

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Old 02-14-2017, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Is my 1961 356B 1600 Karmann Hardtop authentic?

The front of the car has all of the features of a T5 which is the body type that it should be based on the year. It has Elon gated hood, lack of gas access door, and lack of vents under the windshield. The rear of the car, however, seems to be T6 body type with double vent on the rear engine compartment lid and the overall shape looks more like a T6.
. The eBay listing for the vehicle.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/112260664471
The listing has pictures of the vehicle. I also have a certificate of authenticity from Porsche, it is a numbers matching vehicle and it doesn't look like significant work was done although it was re-painted red. Rear view of 1961 356 Notchback showing two vents on the rear lid
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:54 AM   #2
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Update on this. The Karmann Hardtop had the same body as the Cabriolet. Therefore, the rear of the car did not change from T-5 to T-6. The rear lid is interchangeable from the single grille to the twin grille. There are other examples of 1961 356B T5 with twin rear lid grilles that I found. I understand that the twin grille may have been a factory option at the time.
see thread: http://forum.porsche356registry.org/...hp?f=1&t=12618
see listing for 1961 Porsche 356B T5 serial no. 200215 https://www.stuttcars.com/porsche/1163/
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1961 356B T5 Karmann Hardtop showing twin grills on rear lid



1961 356B T5 Karmann Hardtop serial No. 200215
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Old 02-25-2017, 05:08 AM   #3
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Dual grilles were not a regular option for T-5 cars. However, they were on A Carrera cars.

In those years, Porsche was relatively accommodating to their customers and willing to do much to make a sale. So it is possible that the deck lid was installed in 1961 by the factory. The Kardex would list an option like that.

Body panels, including deck lids, were almost always stamped with match numbers. You could check those.

However, it is at least 100 times more likely that the deck lid was switched- they are basically interchangeable.

Edit: the chassis plate with 200215 looks like a reproduction restamp.
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