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Teutonic Tuesday: A B for Thee

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Because you really can’t have enough variations of the Porsche 356 lying around, I present to you Minichamps’ new 1:43-scale 1960 356B Cabriolet in ivory.

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As has been the case throughout Porsche’s history, the B was the product of gradual evolution of a line. Starting with the preceding 356A’s T-5 body, the B smoothed out the former’s humpy nose and added more chrome trim, an added more power thanks to a bigger 1.6-liter standard engine. (As for evolution, the T-5 B itself would only be around for a short time: the new T-6 body was rolled out only two years later while still claiming 356B nomenclature.) The overall package was a more refined sports tourer than earlier, more raw models, and can be seen as a significant step toward birth of the 911.

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As for the model, well, what can I say? It’s a typical Minichamps product, with fantastic detail. I’m especially enamored with the little “Karmann” badge on the fender...amazing.

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