Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    88423
  • Engine number 
    801241
  • Lot number 
    413
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

A left-hand drive 356B imported from the US and now UK-registeredRecently fully restored in the UK with the engine completely rebuilt by a marque specialistsSuperblyfinished in silver with grey leather seats and Wilton carpets, re-chromed bumpers and trim and anew German mohair hoodA letter within the history file from Porsche conformsVIN88423 is a genuine 356 Super 90 RoadsterOffered with a current MOT, V5cand the history file containing detailed restoration invoicesPorsche letter of origin confirms this 356B retains numbers matching 'Super 90' engineThe 356is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, 2-door sports car available in hardtop, Coupeand open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.The 356Bwas produced from 1960 to 1963 and saw body changes that included a curved bonnet lid, more rounded wings compared to that of the 356A and new front and rear sheet metal. To comply with US-Federal requirements, the front and rear bumpers were raised and over-riders added. Other key changes were raised headlamps, larger door handles, upgraded brakes and some improvements to the cabin including a new deep-dish steering wheel and deeper front seats. Itwas offered in coupe, roadster, and cabriolet styles, the cabriolets being quiteluxurious vehicles compared to roadsters on offer from other manufacturers of the eraas they were equipped with standard leather seats,a thickly padded folding top and other creature comforts.All these variants could be orderedwith a choice of three compact and efficient, air-cooled OHV engines: the 60-horsepower Normal, the 75-horsepower Super, and, like the example offered here, the very potent Type 616/7 Super 90, so named for its peak horsepower at 5,500 rpm.The Super 90 gained its muscle from a higher-lift camshaft, a 9.1 compression ratioand a pair of larger 40-millimetre Solex PII down-draft carburettors. Engine lubrication was upgraded for better longevity, and a stronger Hausermann clutch package was adopted. With this more powerful engine and a kerbweight of less than 900 kilograms, Super 90s were claimed by the factory to be capable of a 185km/h top speed whilst returning 27 mpg. Large finned-aluminium drum brakes provided more than adequate stopping power.After importing this 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Roadster from the US, the decision was taken to set about a full ground-up, nut and bolt restoration. A specialist body shop stripped the bodyworkback to bare metal renewingpanels where necessary, however,pleasingly, many of the original panels were good enough to only require remedial attention. Carefully prepared and finished in a number ofcoats of classic Porsche silver, attention wasthen turned to the fixtures and fittings. All chrome work was refinished, the interior completely re-trimmed and a new German mohair hood fitted. The dashboard panel and instruments were also overhauled and a new wiring loom fitted. All mechanical work was entrusted to a marque specialistand invoices within the file document a thorough mechanical overhaul including a complete rebuild of the original numbers matching Super 90 engine.Today, this truly charming 356B Super 90 Roadster presents and performs extremely well. The extensiverestoration is supported bydetailed invoices and receipts for parts and labour. Fullyrestored, with basic mechanicals, this little Porscheshould only require routine maintenance in the foreseeable future allowing its new owner the opportunity to enjoy the 356experience in its purest form.