Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche and his son “Ferry” oversaw the development of their first production car, the “356,” in the late 1940s. Austrian engineer Erwin Komenda designed its iconic coachwork. A few subtle changes saw Dr. Porsche’s 356 survive 18 years with total production nearing 80,000 cars.
In 1960, Porsche introduced Erwin Komenda’s new T5 body style, designating the model 356B. German coachbuilder Drauz Karosserieswerke built both the Convertible (Drauz) and 356B bodies. Both were successors to the famed Porsche Speedster of the mid-to-late ’50s. The T5 had a distinctly flatter hood and larger, higher bumpers. This “Roadster” replaced the Convertible D and had a relatively short production run of approximately 2,563 units. In 1962 the T5 body was replaced by the T6, produced briefly by Belgian coachbuilders D’Ieteren Frères S.A.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
75 bhp, 1,582 cc “1600 Super” flat four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel fin-cooled hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,100 mm (82.7")
Source: RM Auctions
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