1961 Porsche 356 BSOLD
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Estimate: 17,500£-22,500£
Estimate: €25,000 - €35,000
Estimate: $34,000 - $48,000

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £22.350

From the Italian Collector Sig. Giuseppe Prevosti

Specifications:
90bhp, 1,582cc horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7in. (2,100mm).

The Porsche 356B coupé debuted at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Show with significant styling improvements over its predecessor. The higher and more substantial bumpers were the most obvious change. The headlights were also elevated and the wings had a more contemporary appearance. In addition, the front and rear end of the body swept inward, just beneath the bumpers. Porsche also improved the car’s interior, offering a new audio system, a power sunroof, and reclining bucket seats.

However, it was the increased rigidity of the unitized body, the much smoother ‘B’-type four-speed synchromesh transmission, and the increased horsepower that made the new Porsche 356B a much greater pleasure to drive. Of the three 1,582cc variants available, the 1600 Super 90 was the most powerful. With a compression ratio of 9.0:1, counterweighted crankshaft, sodium-filled valves, and twin Solex P40-II carburettors, the car produced 90 horsepower and was capable of speeds in excess of 115 miles per hour.

As the 356 models before it, the 356B benefited from Porsche’s concurrent racing successes. Two consecutive Targa Florio wins in 1959 and 1960 as well as Porsche’s first Grand Prix win in France in 1962, with Dan Gurney behind the wheel, solidified the marque’s reputation as a constructor of superior production, prototype, and Grand Prix racing machines.

The Super 90 offered here was purchased in 1990 by Sig. Prevosti and has resided in his private collection ever since. Modified for GTS racing, its present condition is reflective of its extensive track time. The car is finished in white with twin blue racing stripes. Racing-type alloy wheels have been fitted while the bumpers were removed for weight reduction. The interior has likewise been stripped to save weight and the car is fitted with one modern racing bucket seat, a bolt-in roll cage, fire extinguisher, and full racing instrumentation complete the white racing interior.

Light, quick, and sporty, the Porsche 356 continues to be a favourite among historic racing enthusiasts. As one of the more powerful variants offered for 1961, this particular Super 90 is built to reward its owner as a fast and reliable track car ready to be enjoyed at a very affordable price.

Reference Number 13188

as of 9/14/2007

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Car 1961 Porsche 356 B
VIN 117852 
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