A little history behind the Karmann Notchback coupe’s:
I like to use the term “COUPERIOLET”, as the notchback really started out from the factory as a cabriolet. Many became couperiolets by having their welded tops removed again. The first built 1961 Karmann notchback T-5’s started out as Reutter cabriolets that had hard tops welded on permanently. These were the very first Porsche’s built by Karmann, but were not badged on the right side fender until the T-6 models.
A unique “Karmann Hardtop” or “Notchback” 356B model was produced in 1961 and 1962. The 1961 production run was essentially a cabriolet body with the optional steel cabriolet hardtop welded in place. The 1962 line (T6 production) was a very different design in that the new T6 notchback coupé body did not start life as a cabriolet, but with its own production design—In essence, part cabriolet rear end design, part T6 coupe windshield frame, unique hard top. Both years of these unique cars have taken the name “Karmann Notchback”.
Below is a link which describes the 1961 T5, 1961 T6, and 1962 T6 Notchbacks survivors that were originally listed on the, now defunct, `Unofficial Notchback Registry`Plus a few more that have been added in as being survivors – If you know a serial# not here, please email me and I will add it to the following list of 94 T-5s and 41 T-6s so far:
One of these rare cars, a conversion to a cabriolet was reported as stolen. Please scroll down for details of Vin 202286 with Engine AT*P 705291
ONE OF THE RAREST 356 OFFERED BY PORSCHE TWO YEARS ONLY
The 356 B Karmann outlaw speedster is finished by Redline Service and
This 356 Karmenn coupe had the top cut off. The body was then converted to a speedster with a windshield All done with original factory parts.