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Lot 35

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1961 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Roadster

Coachwork by Drauz

SOLD $176,000

Estimate

$200,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

88579

Engine

801468

Car Highlights

Desirable Super 90 Roadster with Matching Numbers per COA
Unrestored Example Presented in Original Color Combination
Believed to Have Had Just One Owner Prior to 2017
Benefits from Mechanical Attention Performed Earlier This Year
Accompanied by Tool Kit, Manuals, COA, and Kardex

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
90 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
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Porsche introduced the 356 Roadster in 1960 to replace the one-year-only Convertible D. Like its predecessor, the Roadster was a sporting open-body style that was both stylish and practical to use. This example, specified from new with the desirable high-performance Super 90 engine and finished in the striking color scheme of Ruby Red over gray leather, is believed to have been a one-owner car until earlier this year. Reportedly, the original owner also had a Speedster that served as a show car, while this Roadster was his preferred driver.

Presented today in wonderful, unrestored condition, the Roadster retains a fundamentally original feel, and the consignor notes a 1961 date marked on the battery cover, along with the proper stampings on the deck lid and trunk.

The Roadster’s rubbed-through paint and patinated interior lend it a charming, well-worn appearance, which the consignor states has garnered much admiration. Mechanical work performed this year includes a new clutch, carburetor rebuild, and fuel-tank cleaning, performed by European Collectibles in Costa Mesa, California, and Werner Schott in Santa Barbara, California.

As a genuine, matching-numbers example of the rare Super 90 Roadster, this car offers an ideal starting point for a restoration. More appealingly, however, it affords the pleasure of driving an open Porsche 356 in high-performance specifications, while its charismatic appearance gives it a unique feel and more-relaxed ownership experience.