The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 216

1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet by Reutter



$168,000 USD | Sold

United States | Atlanta, Georgia

27 October 2018

Chassis No.
Engine No.
  • Retains its original Super 90 engine
  • One of approximately 700 Super 90 cabriolets exported to the U.S.
  • Copy of factory Kardex and Porsche Production Specification certificate

Porsche 356 Cabriolets were truly luxurious touring machines, as they offered a strong unitized chassis with a fixed windscreen, a plush interior with comfortable and heavily padded seats, and a thick, multi-layer fabric folding top, which helped to isolate driver and passenger from road noise and vibration. The rear jump seats also had folding backs that better lent themselves to additional luggage-carrying duties.

The 356 B was offered in coupe, roadster, and cabriolet styles. Of the cabriolet body style, Porsche wrote: “A pleasant blend of convenience and beauty is found in the cabriolet with its convertible soft top—representative and persuaded in its sporty elegance.” Several engines were offered, including the 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 ratio, and a pair of larger 40-mm Solex PII down-draft carburetors. Engine lubrication was upgraded for better longevity, and a stronger Hausermann clutch package was adopted. With this more powerful engine and a curb weight of less than 1,985 lbs., the factory claimed that Super 90s were capable of a 115-mph top speed while returning 27 mpg.

Equipped with its original Super 90 engine, this 356 B cabriolet is resplendent in its original color of Ivory. According to a copy of the original Porsche Kardex on file, chassis no. 153828 was delivered to Rossel, the dealer in Wiesbaden, Germany, on 26 July 1960 before being exported to C.M. Lee of Fort Worth, Texas. Original optional equipment included antenna, wiper motor and windshield wipers, chrome wheels, two loudspeakers, a chrome luggage rack, leather arm rest and headrest, and Dunlop Tires. Previous sale records show evidence of a bare-metal restoration, with the interior being re-done in attractive blue leather.

Included with a copy of the original Kardex as well as the Porsche Production Specification certificate on file, this Porsche 356 B Super 90 cabriolet is sure to impress.

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