I’m not going to belabor the point with this post. I just think this car is beautiful; I’m very taken by it and it looks like a wonderful example of the breed. I’ve always found the 356 Cabriolet to be a particularly pretty car and this one fits that bill perfectly. The 356 itself is a simple, yet elegant, piece of machinery and when paired with an open roof possesses all of the vintage charm that I desire. This isn’t really about performance so much as the enjoy of the drive; the melding of aesthetic pleasures to bring about a sense of tranquility.
Here we have the fantastic combination of Bali Blue on Tan showcased on a 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet. It has been fully restored, is stated to be matching numbers (with supporting CoA), and had 79K miles prior to its restoration, completed in 2014.
Model: 356B Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet
All Matching Numbers Factory Super 90
In Storage for 20+ years
3 Year Comprehensive Restoration Finished Fall 2014
Offered at Cooper Classics is this rare and stunning 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet. This car is all numbers matching with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The car has just received a comprehensive 3 Year restoration that was finished in the fall of 2014. The car has spent its entire life in California and 20 years in storage. The car has driven roughly 600 miles since restoration completion and is in like new condition. The car was restored to the stunning color of Bali Blue over Tan leather interior. The cars matching hardtop was restored at the same time as the vehicle and comes with the car. Previous to the restoration the car had 79,000 original miles
Prices for the 356 always seem to be all over the place. I see fairly standard coupes frequently with prices well below $100K and then there are models like the 356 Roadster I featured a couple weeks back with an asking price of $355K (though we should note it still has not sold). With any model approaching this sort of age those variations can be expected, especially given the relative rarity of some of those models. In general, Cabriolets tend to be more expensive than Coupes and this one follows that line. I’m not sure if it will sell for an asking price I assume is above $200K, but well restored examples aren’t easy to come by and this one does look very well done. It’s in beautiful condition, in a striking color combination, and even comes with a matching hard top. I don’t imagine it will ever see much time on the road anymore, but on those rare days that it does I’m sure the drive would be spectacular.
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!
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.
I think I understand the appeal of nostalgia. It’s the appeal of something we perceive as less complex, freer, or rooted in the familiar. In that regard our own memories are most important and it is the connections between past and present events that creates the joy we derive from such experiences. On the second-hand car market, nostalgia also plays an important role in solidifying and elevating the values of particular models. Nostalgia isn’t the only influential player in those market movements, but it definitely has its role. So when I look at the Porsche 356 I think I can understand part of the reason for their success; the reason they have become six-figure cars even when by any modern performance and refinement standard they will fall well short. Like many models the 356 has its own fans that in many ways are distinct from 911 fans or fans of Porsche’s various front-engined GTs. I am very much a 911 fan, yet, even though these cars are quite a bit older than I am, I can easily see the appeal of a relaxed drive in the sun and the wind with very little standing between your inputs as the driver and the responses of the car. With simplicity and lightness comes joy. So I think I understand the appeal of nostalgia. Here we have a restored Slate Gray 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, with Black interior.
The Porsche 356 is one of those cars to which I always enjoy returning. Whether it simply be to return to a vintage automobile whose lines I always enjoy or to gain a fuller appreciation for the elements of design, shape, and performance that went into these early Porsches. The ethos of the company is built into these cars and even today, more than 60 years since the first model was introduced, we still can see the evolutionary nature of the marque and the relationship not only of design but also performance. With the 356 Porsche had already begun offering their cars in varying levels of performance and here we have the highest available of those utilizing the 1.6 flat-4 engine, the Super 90. While 90 hp doesn’t seem like a lot, tasked with propelling a car that weighed less than 1000 kg these offered brisk performance for their time all while retaining the lightness and directness of feel possessed by many vintage machines. The particular example we have here is a restored Ivory over Tan 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, and on auction with no reserve.
Vintage cars will never appeal to everyone, but for those who yearn for the styling or the relatively minimalist nature of a vintage automobile there can be no substitute. For Porsche enthusiasts that almost always means finding a 356. One of the aspects I appreciate most about the 356 is the way in which it provides such a clear lineage to the 911 that we see today. The basic shape and underlying architecture of the 911 can be seen even in these cars produced more than 50 years ago and that is a rare trait amongst vintage cars. For the most thorough display of those design elements prospective buyers need look no further than a 356 Coupe like the one seen here. A fully-restored 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe located in California.
When it comes to open-top motoring, it can be very difficult to beat a vintage sports car. Driving any convertible already brings you closer to the pure feel of driving: the wind, the noise, the immediacy of everything around you. When a vintage car is your chosen vehicle for such an excursion then that sense of immediacy becomes all the more palpable. Porsche’s paradigmatic expression of such a car came in the guise of the 356 Speedster, which remains one of the most valuable and coveted of the marque’s many cars. Production of the Speedster ceased in 1958, to be replaced by the Convertible D model and eventually the 356 Roadster. While mechanically similar to the Speedster, the Roadster featured wind-up windows, a slightly taller windscreen, and cushier bucket seats. Basically, a more comfortable version of the Speedster. Still, the essence of the car was retained and these remain highly sought after versions of the 356. The example featured here is a Silver 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Texas.