Fact: The 38 minute and 47 second staring world record was set using nothing more than a photo of this 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 GT. It’s pretty, in other words, to the extant that the next owner will likely have to get used to wide eyed gazes from complete strangers. Thankfully, it’s also fast. In the early 1960s, Porsche’s venerable four-cam engine was still powering the German cars to victory throughout the world, but a problem was arising as the engine was being pushed to limits of its output. Reliability was starting to become an issue. In no area was this more apparent than in endurance racing, where engines needed to produce significant horsepower and last for up to 24 hours of racing. With the advent of the Super 90 engine option in the road going 356, however, Porsche found an opportunity to reduce complexity and increase endurance by equipping a few full-fledged race cars with the production engine. This car is one of the five cars built and boasts both the GT racing package and the Super 90 powerplant. As such it is no trivial thing and can also lay claim to restoration work completed by some of the best names in the business like Canepa Design. Photos of the 356 show it to be in absolutely museum quality condition with perfect panels gaps, flawless paint, and painstakingly detailed mechanicals, and the car stands ready for the show field or track. And, with its FIA Historical Technical Passport, the list of events for which this car is eligible includes the epic Le Mans Classic. Find the Porsche for sale here on the Fantasy Junction website in Emeryville, California for $425,000.
Le Mans Classic – 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 GT
July 13, 2012 by Leave a Comment