The Porsche 356 is among the most beloved sports cars of the 1950s and early ’60s, its unique style and agility launching the German automaker’s resounding success and remaining highly desirable among car collectors and hobbyists.
Although essentially rear-engine, air-cooled oddballs, their superior engineering and build quality, along with “giant killer” track performance, kept the Porsche 356s going from their 1948 debut to 1965 through continuous changes and development.
These were expensive cars from the beginning and they remain so today as collector cars, more than doubling in value during the past decade.
Which is why the Pick of the Day, a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 coupe, seems like such a smoking deal. What appears to be a well-preserved numbers-matching example is being advertised on ClassicCars.com for $44,000, which would be well below the average value listed in price guides for such a coupe in good condition.
Aside from the rare twin-cam Carrera model, the S90 is the most powerful version of the 356. With the 1.6-liter pushrod engines rated at 90 horsepower, the lightweight Porsche is notably quick and tractable, and eagerly sought after by fans.
The original engine in this Porsche received a $5,000 overhaul 10,000 miles ago, according to the Sanford, Florida, dealer offering the car, although the “5-digit odometer shows 10,600 miles and has rolled over at least once.”
“Power is sent through the original 4-speed manual transaxle, and the car retains its original wheels, seat upholstery and more,” the seller says in the ad. “This Super 90 is equipped with 15″ polished wheels and hubcaps, which carry correct date stamps. A set of Vredestein Sprint Classic tires are currently mounted.”
From the photos and ad description, the Porsche looks to be a well-maintained car in overall good driver condition. The body looks most-likely repainted, though the interior upholstery and rugs appear to need some attention.
“Inside, I believe that the red seat upholstery, headliner, steering wheel, gauges, and Heron Grey dashboard are original,” the seller adds.
The Porsche is designated as a T6 model, which was mainly a change in body style that happened mid-model year for 1962, with raised headlights, a squared-off trunk lid, twin engine grilles, external fuel door and larger rear window. The final update for the 356 came the following year with the 356C, which mostly entailed the addition of 4-wheel disc brakes.
With the $44,000 asking price, this classic coupe should sell quickly.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.