1962 Porsche 356B T-6 Super 90 Cabriolet

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

In September of 1959, Porsche revealed their fully updated 356 known as the 356B. This had a completely revised body that was more suitable for the American market. The 356B used the new T-5 body style, which raised the front and rear bumpers nearly four inches. Furthermore, the headlights were also repositioned higher to meet American regulations. Inside, Porsche fitted a new deep-dish steering wheel and deeper front seats.

New to the model was the Type 616/7 Super 90 engine, which was an indirect replacement for the Carrera de Luxe models. The engine was fully revised with a new intake manifold, a larger Solex 40 PII-4 carburetor and the Carrera air filters. Other detail changes included 9.0:1 pistons, stronger valve springs, and a different crankshaft with 55-mm main bearings.

In August of 1961, Porsche revealed the updated T-6 body with larger windows for the coupe and twin engine grilles on the rear deck. These had a much revised front trunk with a different gas tank that was accessed under a filler lid on the fender instead of the middle of the trunk. In 1963, the 356C marked the third and final update to the 356 model.

This left-hand-drive 1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 cabriolet is finished in one of the sleekest color combinations of silver with blue leather interior and blue hood. The body was subject to a restoration in 2006 and was purchased by the current owner in Monaco. The paintwork today presents well and has been recently treated to a bare-metal respray. The hood is in excellent condition and the interior a true delight, complete with original radio and clock. There are a number of bills in the history file from Porsche Monaco and the car has a current U.K. registration certificate.

The 356 Super 90 Cabriolet was produced in very limited numbers, and only 600 of all T-6 cabriolet variants were manufactured in 1961/62. This attractive open-top Porsche looks a very reasonable ownership proposition.

 

Prescott Kelly

Prescott Kelly - SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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