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The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine, 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 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 amongst the most desirable 356 models, 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, the Carrera Panamericana, as well as many other important motorsport events.
This Porsche 356B Coupé is an original UK, right-hand drive T-6 'Super 90' that was supplied new by AFN in Chiswick, London. It was delivered on 14/05/1963 and was finished in Slate Grey with a red leatherette interior. The previous owner discovered the car and immediately realised he had found something very special indeed. Surprisingly, all the panels, engine, and gearbox were found to be original and he quickly set about a full ground-up restoration. The shell was totally stripped and painted in its original colour of Slate Grey and the interior re-trimmed in red leatherette. Emphasis was placed on finishing the car to its original specification during the rebuild and the original engine was totally rebuilt and was tuned and set up by Andy Prill. The original gearbox was rebuilt and almost all mechanical components were either rebuilt, replaced and restored. This stunning Super 90 is ready for the road again and a large number of photographs document the entire process. The history file for this 356 is simply superb and with its original green and brown buff log books, old FIA papers, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming matching numbers, bills and receipts, old MOT Certificates, and pictures and details of the restoration just completed, it makes for fascinating reading. One of the most interesting aspects of this 356's history is that on 15th December 1989, the car was granted FIA competition papers and was extensively used on road rally events. In fact, the car competed in Le Rallye de Monte-Carlo Historique three times in the 1990s and even came 20th overall and 2nd in class. There are pictures of the car on the rally in the history file and on our website. We encourage all pre-sale inspections of this vehicle and welcome prospective bidders to contact the office for further details. This extremely rare 356B Super 90 Coupe is a very collectable car indeed and, at the time of consignment, was the only right-hand drive Super 90 Coupe on the market in the UK.
This car has formed part of a significant collection for the past few years. In preparation for the sale, the engine will be flushed, filled with fresh oil and a new filter fitted, the fuel tank drained, flushed and filled with 20 litres of fuel, fitted with a new battery and issued with a fresh MOT Certificate. A safety check will also be carried out along with an inspection report included in the history file.
You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.