1961 Porsche 356 Super 90
The 356 model is acknowledged as Porsche’s first production car built from 1950 until 1965. The 356 is a lightweight, two-door with rear-wheel drive and its engine at the back. The car was available as either a hardtop coupe, cabriolet, or roadster.
In the autumn of 1959 Porsche introduced an updated model, the 356B with the factory’s newest engine package, the Super 90, named for its 90-horsepower.The new T5 body was a modernized evolution of the 356 body style with added comforts, while the Super 90 engine offered the highest output yet available on the street Porsche pushrod platform.
The Super 90’s Type 616/7 engine was a very strong unit, as it offered 90 brake horsepower at 5,500 rpm with the aid of 9.0:1 compression and a pair of 40-millimetre Solex carburettors…..high tech in it’s day !
Our example, offered here at Bell Sport & Classic, was an original factory ‘Super 90’ model, manufactured June 1961, for the European market. Over the years many standard, lower powered models were uprated by their owners to ‘90’ Spec, & imported from the USA, where the 356 was a popular choice given the warmer climate….ours is a rare factory built Super 90, & European market example.
Finished in a delightful shade of Light Grey (yes, it’s grey not white / Ivory), with Black Leather, black carpets & black soft top. This particular example has recently undergone a comprehensive restoration in southern Europe, to a very high standard, prior to arriving in the UK earlier this year. The car has now undergone all of the necessary checks & paperwork process for UK Registration, & would make a wonderful addition to any collection or enthusiast garage.