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Lot 149

1962 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet

  • Chassis no. 156426

Sold for $101,200

90bhp, 1,582cc air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, twin Solex carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"

Automotive importer, Max Hoffman, was the center of the sports car universe in the 1950s. Thanks to him, enthusiasts all over America quickly became familiar with a small, but formidable sports car company from Germany – Porsche.

Between 1948 and 1965, more than 70,000 Porsche 356s of all engine and body configurations were imported to the United States. And in that time, the 356 underwent a thorough and systematic process of improvement, which has become a hallmark of Porsche engineering, so it is no surprise that the ever-evolving 356 models were highly developed and sophisticated automobiles for their time. Shortcomings in design and execution were constantly being identified, analyzed and eliminated.

By 1962, the Porsche horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine had nearly reached its final development with the Super 90. The highest output engine to be fitted to a production up to date, 356 the 1.6 liter Super 90 produced 90 horsepower, double the output of the earliest versions of the 356. Suspension revisions, long since refined and perfected had rendered the 356’s handling characteristics nearly ideal. Construction had matured until fit, finish and function set the standard to which other manufacturers strived. The production Porsches existed in parallel with their racing counterparts, always benefiting from the innovations, but pursuing their own course toward meeting and exceeding the expectations of customers.

By the time production ceased in 1965, the car was a consistent winner both in terms of sales, and in terms of victory on the racetrack. Making its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 1959, the 356B updated the body style from the 356A without altering its unquestionable appeal to enthusiasts of good taste. Overall, the changes made to the 356B improved comfort, handling and drivability.

The 1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet presented here in white with a black leather interior is a very attractive example, not only for being in excellent aesthetic condition, but also because it boasts an enviable list of original Porsche factory options. Externally the 356B is equipped with the original chrome Rudge knock-off wheels and the optional passenger side mirror, while the interior boasts the full complement of factory features including leather seats, an exceptionally rare removable factory steering wheel, as well as a full dash featuring a tachometer, a US specification speedometer, the optional factory radio and the very rare ventilation system. Powered by the high-performance Super 90 engine the 356B is a superb car in the true Porsche tradition, correctly and authentically restored, it remains in excellent condition throughout.

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