1960 Porsche

356B Super 90 Single Grille Roadster

Slate Grey with Red interior, Tan German Square Weave carpeting with Black top, Fully Restored, Matching Numbers, Original Colors, 4-speed manual transmission.

The Autumn of 1959 welcomed Porsches fully redesigned 356B; known internally as the T5, as in ‘Technical Programme V. The 356B was available in four body types: Coupe, Cabriolet, Hardtop Coupe and Roadster. The Cabriolet and Coupe bodies were built by Reutter in Stuttgart, while the Hardtop Coupe bodies with their welded-on tops came from Karmann in Osnabrück, and the Roadsters were built by Drauz in Heilbronn. Three engine options were available for the 356B, 1960 model year, with the most powerful being the Super 90. The Super 90 utilized a higher lift camshaft and Solex carburetors to maximize a higher compression ratio.

The 356 Roadster was introduced for the 1960 model year as a replacement of the one-year-only 1959 Convertible D, the Speedsters more civilized successor. The new T-5 Roadster brought several changes in appearance. Porsche raised the front fenders and headlamps as well as the front and rear bumpers. New vertical bumper guards were also added. The Roadster had new brake-cooling intakes added to the nose below the front bumper. There were new cast-aluminum Alfin brake drums with iron liners, and the brakes had improved sealing to repel water. As the replacement for the Convertible D, the new Roadster still shared many of the comfort attributes of its predecessor, including roll-up windows, taller windshield (than the previous Speedster), comfortable seats, and a well-constructed convertible top. Porsche produced 2,649 examples of the T5 356B Roadster over two model years, 1960 and 1961.

This immaculate Roadster was the subject of full nut-and-bolt restoration that was completed in 2012. The restoration was carried out by well-known Southern California 356 specialists. The body was disassembled and painted by Shane East who carefully matched the correct hue of Slate Grey which this Roadster left the factory back in 1960. Autos International, Inc. supplied the Red interior with all of the correct materials including a new Black canvas top. The matching numbers Super 90 engine was rebuilt by John Willhoit of Long Beach, California, and the matching transmission was rebuilt by Daniel Smissen of Costa Mesa, California. Absolutely no expense was spared during this complete restoration. Every effort was made to obtain as many NOS or OEM parts. Reassembly of this Roadster were carried out by European Collectibles in Newport Beach, California, who noted to the impressiveness of the quality of work performed before its arrival to them for assembly.

This Super 90 Roadster is superb throughout with all factory correct finishes. It is rare to see such an example in original desirable livery and correctly restored with all matching numbers. It is complete with tool kit, owners manual and red cover, service booklet, and Porsche CoA. It is ready for immediate road or concours use.

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