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.