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Coachwork by Drauz
The rarest body style for the Porsches of 1960 was the roadster, with just 1,529 built. This stunning Slate Grey Roadster was the subject of a full nut-and-bolt restoration that was completed in 2012. All of the work was performed by well-respected Southern California 356 specialists. The body was disassembled and painted by Shane East who was careful to match the correct hue that this roadster wore when it left the factory in October 1960. Autos International, Inc. supplied the red interior with all of the correct materials and also fitted a new black canvas top. The matching-numbers Super 90 engine was rebuilt by John Willhoit of Long Beach, California, and the transmission was redone by Daniel Smissen of Costa Mesa. No expense was spared during the restoration, and every effort was made to obtain as many NOS or OEM parts as were available. Reassembly and sorting duties were handled by European Collectibles in Newport Beach who, being noted 356 restorers themselves, were impressed by the high-level work performed by each of the previous vendors.
This Super 90 displays beautifully, from the freshly completed engine bay, displaying factory-correct finishes, to the finely detailed front compartment. Inside, the oatmeal-colored square-weave carpet contrasts beautifully with the new red leather of the seats and door panels.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a newly restored 356 B Roadster that is finished in its original and very desirable color combination. Its Super 90 engine is the highest specification available, and the numbers on the engine and transmission match the factory Kardex. The body is straight, showing consistent panel gaps, and the hood and deck lid are correctly stamped with the serial number. Included in the sale are a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, driver’s manual, correct jack, and a tool kit. Whether on the road or show field, this expertly prepared roadster stands ready to reward its next owner for years to come.