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.
Engine: Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-four with two Zenith 32 NDIX downdraft carburettors
Compression ratio: 7.5:1
Bore and stroke: 82.5x74mm
Maximum power: 60bhp at 4500rpm
Maximum torque: 110Nm at 2800rpm
Transmission: Four speed manual driving the rear axle
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
0-60mph: 16.5 sec
Top speed: 96mph
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.