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Coachwork by D'leteren Frères
For the 1960 model year, Porsche replaced the Convertible D with the 356 B Roadster. Distinguished by revised front-end styling and a chrome-framed windshield, the model benefited from performance enhancements including stronger engine internals, improved shift linkage, upgraded brakes, and most importantly, an available uprated Super 90 engine.
Completed on July 18, 1961, this 356 B Super 90 Roadster was sold new through Porsche Car Import of Northbrook, Illinois. Finished in the rare factory color of Condor Yellow with a black leatherette interior, this Roadster was outfitted with a plethora of desirable options, including reclining seats, cigarette lighter, fog lamps, electric clock, body-colored luggage rack, and tonneau cover, as noted on its Kardex and COA. Kept by its second owner from August 1962 until April 2018, this Roadster was subject to a cosmetic and mechanical restoration from 2011–2012, receiving new paint and chrome, rebuilt engine and suspension. The Roadster retains its correctly stamped engine number, 802123, as listed on the Kardex, but the consignor reports that the engine-case halves were replaced.
Recently recommissioned and detailed by national Porsche judge Tom Scott, this Roadster drives and presents particularly well and is accompanied by books, tools, and jack. Relatively few 356s were produced in the Super 90 spec, with open-top versions even more scarce. As a Condor Yellow, single-grille Super 90 Roadster bodied by D’Ieteren Frères, this is a rare bird indeed.