Format: 2019-06-19 21:01:09

Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupé Coachwork by Reutter 1962 122346-London Olympia 2461

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London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
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579 GWX
Sold for: £ 60.000

1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coup
Coachwork by Reutter
Registration no. 579 GWX
Chassis no. 122346
*Rare right-hand rive example
*Offered for restoration
*Running condition
*V5 registration document
One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche, who had been inspired by the FIAT-based Cisitalias of Piero Dusio. Ferry's 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Introduced in 1948, the Porsche 356 set a new standard for small sports cars and proved adaptable to all forms of motor sport including circuit racing and rallying. In 1951 a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe.
The first phase of development saw the 356's engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 litres; the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15" - down from 16" - wheels. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor while the engine - now standardised at 1,600cc - was available in three different stages of tune, the most powerful - apart from the four-cam Carrera - being the 90bhp unit of the Super 90.
Although Porsche did not make a serious works effort in international rallying until the arrival of the 911, the 356 in private hands proved very competitive, being strongly constructed, light in weight and adequately powerful, especially in four-cam Carrera form. Early successes included private entrants Helmut Polensky and Walter Schluter's victory in the 1952 Lige-Rome-Lige Rally and the same duo's European Touring Championship the following year. And as late as 1961 the 356 proved good enough to bring works-assisted privateer Hans Walter the European Rally Championship.
Today these versatile Porsche GTs are among the most competitive cars in their class in historic circuit racing and rallying, as well as the many prestigious public-road touring events. Ideally suited to the latter, the 356B represents significant advances in driveability and comfort over earlier models, and is a pleasingly quick way to enjoy the traditional Porsche values of quality, reliability, and mechanical robustness.
A rare, right-hand drive, twin-grille example, with coach work by Reutter, Karosserie number: 122346, this Porsche 356B Super 90 was supplied by AFN (Porsche) Ltd and first owned by a Mr Webster of West Yorkshire carrying the registration 'HW 4'. The accompanying original logbook records only two further owners and is stamped up to December 1967. The most recent bill available is dated June 1969, and the car also comes with a V5 registration document and tax disc that expired in 1970. A total of 3,302 miles is displayed on the odometer. The current vendor advises us that the car is un-restored but in running condition, it still retains its original interior although in poor condition and its original radio. It is hoped that further information will be available at time of sale.

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