The Porsche 356 B, produced from 1960 to 1963, represents the mid-point in the 356’s model history. In what is known as “T5” form, the B was designed around new front and rear sheet metal shapes, while retaining the curved front bonnet and rounded arches of the earlier A series. The 356 B also added selected features requested by American customers, such as raised front and rear bumpers to better protect the body from damage while parking. The headlights were raised, a larger bonnet handle added, and front vent windows appeared in the doors. A new steering wheel and column similarly refreshed the interior, along with redesigned rear seats.
The 356 B also reflected Porsche’s continuing effort to improve the line’s mechanical components, with stronger engine internals, transaxle, shifting linkage, and better Alfin brakes. The “Super” model, with higher compression, added an extra 15 brake horsepower to the standard version’s 1.6-litre, air-cooled “flat four” engine. As the direct descendant of the coveted Speedster model, Porsche continued the lineage of a stripped-down, open-top 356 with the limited production Convertible D beginning in 1958 and the Roadster model just a year later.
Offered here is one such example of a 356 B Super 90 Roadster. As shown on the Kardex on file, the vehicle was delivered from the factory in September 1960 to Porsche Car Pacific in San Francisco, California. Finished in a handsome Black over Black colour scheme, the special model notes include reclining seats as equipment.
While little is documented around the earliest history of this car, documents on file such as a Certicato Di Omologazione from the Automotoclub Storico Italiano show that the Porsche had made the trip over to Europe by 1996. A photograph from this document reveals the exterior was finished in silver at this point in time. The car would eventually change hands and move to Germany. Today, the Porsche is presented in its factory-correct delivery colours with a Black exterior and interior.
It should be noted that the body bears an incorrect D’Ieteren coachbuilding tag, possibly arising from a mistake made during restoration. Drauz were responsible for the initial run of Roadster bodies before the Belgian based D’Ieteren coachbuilding firm took up the contract for the 1961 model year. Significantly, the Super 90-specification four-cylinder engine installed behind the rear axle exhibits a stamping which matches the engine number on the Kardex.
A well-presented and desirable Porsche 356 B Super 90 Roadster, this example is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection and is wonderfully suited for touring or displaying at any car show.