Legendary Sports Cars
1962 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet
High Bid of $216,600 on September 8,
2014 (No Sale)
The Super 90ís Type 616/7 engine was a very strong unit, as it
offered 90 brake horsepower at 5,500 rpm with the aid of 9.0:1
compression and a pair of 40-millimetre Solex carburettors. A reviewer
of the day wrote that ďSuper 90s could be revved about 800 rpm higher
than other 356 B 1600s thanks to a special cooling layout that gathered
in more air, plus a nitrided crank and cam-bearing surfaces, a lighter
flywheel, stiffer valve springs, light-alloy rockers, larger-diameter
(by five millimetres) main bearings, and cylinders lined with Ferral, a
coating of steel over molybdenum. S90s also had a unique oil pickup
system that allowed the engine to draw lubricant from the sumpís full
side in hard cornering, thus ensuring proper lubrication at all times.
It was an important advance that Porsche racers had wanted for several
years and was especially welcome in the high-performance 90Ē.
90 bhp, 1,582 cc air-cooled horizontally opposed
four-cylinder engine with dual Solex carburettors, four-speed manual
transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, trailing
arms, and tubular dampers, independent rear suspension with torsion
bars, trailing arms, and tubular dampers, and four-wheel drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 2,100 mm
This very attractive Super 90 Cabriolet was produced in August 1961,
when the revised T6 body was introduced. In total, only 21
right-hand-drive examples were produced and delivered worldwide. The
file of documents supplied with this car show that its former long-term
owner of 20 years replaced its original engine in 2001 with a rebuilt
and correct-specification unit. The carís brakes were also overhauled,
and it received a new clutch at that time.