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Lot 122

1962 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 155621
  • Engine no. 802720

£130,000 - £180,000


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

  • One of only 21 RHDs ever produced; originally delivered to the UK
  • Bare-metal repaint in attractive Silver Blue


Porsche’s 356 Cabriolets were truly luxurious touring machines, as they offered a strong unitised chassis with a fixed windscreen, a plush interior with comfortable and heavily padded seats, and a thick, multi-layer fabric folding top, which helped to isolate the fortunate driver and passenger from road noise and vibration. The back jump seats also had folding backs that better lent themselves to additional luggage-carrying duties.

The 356 B was introduced in 1960 with the T5 body design, which included coupé, roadster, and cabriolet variants. In turn, the B further evolved into the T6 in 1960, offering a revised nose with a larger, squared-off front boot lid, the gas filler lid being relocated to the top of the right-front wing, and the addition of a second grille panel to the engine lid. Several engine options were offered: the Normal in 6-horsepower form, the 75-horsepower Super, the Super 90, and, of course, the rarely seen Carrera, all with 1,600-cubic centimetre capacity.

The Super 90’s 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 “Super 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 sump’s 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 90”.

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 car’s brakes were also overhauled, and it received a new clutch at that time.

This Super 90 shows a mere 83,000 miles from new, and it is believed to have passed through five owners over its lifetime. Even though it has not been restored, it was given a full bare-metal repaint in Silver Blue metallic paint by its most recent owner in 2013. There has been extensive re-chroming of its brightwork, and the car was fitted with a set of new wheels. The interior is blue leather, and the canvas top is dark blue. It is supplied with a correct spare wheel, jack, and tool roll, as well as spare keys and early registration paperwork.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more