We’ve done it again. Another classic Porsche that was consigned with us has been sold. This one was a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super 90 coupe.
If you need a refresher, the 356 was Porsche’s first production car, enjoying a long run from 1949 to 1965. Though it was eventually replaced by the seminal 911, the 356 is essentially the car that Porsche used to perfect Porsche.
Porsche 356B 1600 Super 90 Contains DNA of Future S Models
By 1963, the 356 was everything that a Porsche sports car would be known for. It was a lightweight coupe with a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive. An open-top variant was offered, though the two-door, four seat configuration was standard.
The 356B was built from 1960 to 1963 and was most notable for offering improved steering over the 356A. Visual refinements include a larger rear window and twin grilles over the engine compartment. A somewhat unique version that combined the body of the cabriolet with a hard top was offered briefly and was known as the Karmann Notchback.
The car that was just sold by Porsche Auto Gallery Woodland Hills was a 356B 1600 Super 90. Porsche’s classic Super cars had one major difference over base models – improved performance. The 1600 Super 90 engine offers additional horsepower, enough to raise the 356B’s top speed above 100 mph according to Car and Driver’s original review of the vehicle.
Clearly this kind of performance boost is similar to what you would expect driving a 911 Carrera S after a 911 Carrera or a 911 Turbo S after a 911 Turbo. To call a car Super, it better feel like it when you’re driving, and Dr. Porsche certainly would have known that.