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The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop, coupé, and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and general popularity. The model was created by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche (son of Dr.Ing.Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company), based on an original design by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, its mechanicals (including engine, suspension, and chassis) were derived from the Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance. By the late '50s, many fewer parts were shared between Volkswagen and Porsche and increasing success with its racing and road cars brought Porsche orders for over 10,000 units in 1964, and by the time 356 production ended in 1965 approximately 76,000 had been produced. Today, the Porsche 356 is a highly regarded collector's car with the Super 90 and 'S' engines amongst the most desirable, partially due to the type's much enjoyed success in rallying, the 24 hours of Le Mans, the 1000 km Buenos Aires, the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, and the Carrera Panamericana. This, matching numbers, Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet was supplied new to a Mr Guy Harold Radford of Kensington in 1961 through AFN in Chiswick and has been enjoyed by three former keepers. In 2011, the vehicle was restored to a very high standard as is evident today. The bodywork and interior have mellowed nicely to a point that makes this example highly usable, whilst remaining in excellent condition. The Ivory paintwork retains an excellent shine and the panel fit is straight and true. The exterior is finished off beautifully with Marchal driving lamps that look superb and the black interior is also in lovely order with beautifully preserved original features, such as the Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio. Supplied with a large and very interesting history file detailing the restoration and previous owners, this Super 90 Cabriolet is thought to be 1 of just 42 right-hand drive Super 90s produced in this model year. A Certificate of Authenticity confirms the car's matching numbers and we welcome pre-sale inspections of this stunning and extremely rare Uk-supplied Porsche.