1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Roadster

I’ve had my eye on this car for a while. Which, of course, means it has been for sale for a while. The reason for that is fairly straightforward: it is priced much too high. Also, the initial ad descriptor lists the car as a 356A, which is not exactly confidence inspiring since it is a 356B. The main ad text corrects this. Anyway, I’m featuring it now because it is now up for a reserve auction rather than simply sitting with its sky-high BIN price so we can at least get some sense of where it is being valued and that makes keeping an eye on it more interesting.

The car itself I love! It’s a 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Roadster, a model I particularly like and it wears one of my favorite early Porsche color combinations of Slate Grey over Red. It looks in great condition too!

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Year: 1961
Model: 356B Roadster
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 19,793 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($355,000 Buy It Now)

Porsche offered the 356B Cabriolet as a high-end touring car with a thick-padded convertible top and expensive options such a leather seats and a Blaupunkt radio. In September of 1959 Porsche revealed their fully updated 356 known as the 356B. This had a completely revised body that was more suitable for the American market. The 356B used the new T5 bodystyle which raised the front and rear bumpers nearly four inches. Furthermore the headlights were also repositioned higher to meet American regulations. Inside Porsche fitted a new deep dish steering wheel and deeper front seats. New to the model was the Type 616/7 Super 90 engine which was an indirect replacement for the Carrera de Luxe models. The engine was fully revised with a new intake manifold, a larger Solex 40 PII-4 carburetor and the Carrera air filters. Other detail changes included 9.0:1 pistons, stronger valve springs, a different crankshaft with 55mm main bearings. Please feel free to call us for more information on this unique automobile! 212.594.7373

The 356 Roadster was the successor to the highly sought after and initially very successful 356 Speedster. The Speedster, as we’re all mostly familiar, was intended to serve that idyllic dual purpose of weekday transport and weekend racer. It was spartan and featured a removable windshield allowing its respective lives though with certain compromises to comfort and utility. The Convertible D, which was then followed by the Roadster, helped mitigate the loss of those creature comforts by using a fixed windshield, a bit more functional top, and some basic comforts inside such as a more standard set of bucket seats. It remains a 2-seater though and the Roadster still looks fantastic.

Most all examples of the Porsche 356 are beautiful vintage cars, but the various open-top variants always have been the most eye catching. While the Speedster remains the most unique, the Roadster is my favorite. While I don’t expect bidding to come close to reaching the BIN price of this one, we’ll see just how high it manages to go.

-Rob

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2 Comments

  1. Did Porsche really produce a 356 with such a hideous interior? I’ve never seen one that ugly. Maybe I’ve just been lucky. Still . . . .

  2. I now realize that was in fact a factory color. Pardon my ignorance.

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