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Important disclaimer: I am not an expert on 356 tools! I have collected information from multiple sources, including my own observations, and try to present it on this site in a coherent manner. There will always be variations and differences from what is presented here. This site should be considered a work in progress, and not a definitive statement on what is correct for 356 tool kits. Use this site at your own risk, and please tell me if you find errors or can contribute to the site.


Most tools in the kit have brand names and/or types marked on them, making identification easy. It is not so simple in the case of pliers. I suspect Porsche used an existing style (probably built to a DIN specification), and bought them from a variety of manufacturers. I would suggest you refer to the photos and descriptions below as a general guide as to what to expect, keeping in mind there are subtle variations, and "correct" ones may vary from what is shown and described.

Pre-A/early A pliers: I have corresponded with many people about these and it is hard to get consensus on all aspects of these pliers. The majority feel that there is supposed to be cross hatching on the handles, either cast in or machined in. They may have some kind of a manufacturer's logo stamped into the pivot, but they won't be marked with any kind of measurement.

Late A/B pliers: similar to ones made by "Will", but I believe the original ones supplied in a 356 kit could have been from a variety of makers. I know of none that had any manufacturer's logo or name on them.


Type Photo What is not in dispute Uncertain characteristics
Pre-A to early A (to 1958)

early pliers.JPG (170738 bytes)


165mm long, handles painted black, raised cutting surfaces, handles "flow" in an S shape

They will not be marked with 6". I have seen a few pairs of very similar looking pliers, but they are slightly shorter, and marked with a definitely non-metric marking. These are probably not German made, and don't belong in a 356 kit.

Shape of handle ends:

Some have the outside front edges cut flat, some are rounded like the rest of the body:

Some have wire cutters cut into each side near the pivot point, some do not (the middle pliers of these three does not have the extra cutters):

A (1958) to early T6B (1962) B pliers.jpg (31485 bytes) 165mm long, painted black, flush cutting surfaces, handles "flow" in an S shape  
T6B (1963 tie string)

160mm long, painted black, flush cutting surfaces, handles shaped like ( ), not the "S" shape like earlier ones.

Some had side cutting slots (lower picture), some did not (upper picture)

C (1964-65) C pliers.jpg (26040 bytes) 160mm long, satin chrome finish, raised cutting surfaces

Cross-hatching on handles

Some have "KLEIN" stamped just below the pivot point (on the handle side)


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