1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster Super 90SOLD
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Porsche 356 B Roadster Super 90

Reference Number 127354

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster Super 90
VIN 88302 
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Known History

Between 1951 and 1965, the story of the 356 and its evolution is long and complex, but one thing the cars all share is Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche?s initial concept : a flat four-cylinder air-cooled rear engine in a streamlined body, built to high standards. This formula turned out to be extremely fruitful, since it is still partly employed in current 911 models, whose performances bear no relation today to the cars that launched the marque?s successful career. After the first two models, the 356 and 356 A, the 356 B was presented in the autumn of 1959. This version introduced important aesthetic changes which took the (already !) Porsche purists by surprise, but which revealed a much more modern styling. Raised bumpers, less steeply sloping front wings, headlamps placed higher, two ventilation grilles over the engine for the T5 and T6 models, larger rear window, squarer bonnet and petrol cap on the front wing. Various changes had also been made under the bonnet, with a ?Super 90? 90bhp engine adding to the 60 and 75bhp versions, all still 1600cc. The Convertible D took on the Roadster name and retained the relatively no-nonsense feel of its predecessor, with a slightly lower windscreen and a rather more perfunctory hood than on the cabriolet which had sensibly upgraded. This looks like a sports car but is more comfortable than the Speedster it succeeds.

 

The 356 that we present is interesting in more ways than one. According to its Porsche Certificat of authenticity, it is a rare model with its original ?Super 90? engine of which less than 300 examples were built. It has the feel of an exceptionally original car and was delivered new to California, with one owner from 1965 until 2011 when it was bought by a French enthusiast. The car appears to be remarkably original with the doors beautifully aligned suggesting they?ve never been taken off. The floors and battery tray are original, and the paintwork, which was probably re-done in the 1960s still looks good in its original Ivory. The carpets and dashboard are also in excellent condition. According to the owner the car is mechanically very sound. It is one of the most powerful convertible 356s, and particularly desirable in this more minimalist form, more resolutely sporty than the standard cabriolet. This car will entice collectors as much for its condition as for its specification.