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Porsche - 356 Super 90 - 1962

Lot reference 22074553

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Uk registered - Old racer very well known in the UK - Featured in Thoroughbred and Classic Cars magazine

Brand: Porsche (More lots)
Model Type: 356 Super 90
Year: 1963
Body style: Coupé (More lots)
Mileage: 500 km
Condition: Overall in good condition
Certificate available: No
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Petrol
Colour: Grey

1962 Porsche 356 Super 90 Racer.

Mileage: 500 (since rebuild)
Chassis Number: 128951
Engine: 1600
Gearbox: Manual
Color: Grey
Interior: Stripped Background.

Bought from the Netherlands two years ago as a companion to match a road-going 356 Super 90, this T6 race car is well-known in Porsche circles following its appearance on racing circuits across the UK in the 1980s in the hands of Trevor Messett, who bought the car in 1976, hanging on to it for well over a decade, exercising it regularly on the track.

Recently only has taken part on a couple of tracks days, including one at the legendary Spanish circuit of Jarama. Despite foul weather limiting him to around 12 laps, it handled beautifully and went very well indeed!

On the Outside

The gunmetal coachwork is beautifully set off by silver and red racing stripes, a wonderfully evocative look that has been further enhanced by the removal of the front and rear bumpers and the fitment of leather bonnet straps.

As a racing car, this example is fitted with a fibreglass engine cover, bonnet and doors. Perspex windows, including the windscreen and rear glass, further reduce the weight, and the entire bodywork was restored and painted just prior to the vendor buying it two years ago. The current colour is not original, being a modern metallic grey, whereas it came out of the factory with a non-metallic finish.

The bodywork is clean and tidy, although, as might be expected, the fibreglass doors are purposeful rather than pretty. They are concave in profile, rather than convex and so are not up to Porsche factory standards in terms of fit and finish. As a racing machine, this hasn’t bothered the owner as he says they open, close and latch perfectly.

The chrome around the indicators is pitted, and so they would benefit from being stripped down and re-chromed.

On the Inside

The interior has been completely stripped and lightened. A purpose-built, bolt-in period roll-cage from the eighties adds back some weight but provides some extra structural strength as well as a high degree of passive safety should the driver be unlucky enough to run out of talent at any point.

Further safety equipment includes a modern racing seat fitted with a six-point safety harness, external battery cut-off switch, fire extinguisher, and an aluminium, foam-filled racing fuel tank.

An original Les Leston wood-rimmed steering wheel is backed up by late-period instruments, and the whole car has been converted to run on 12 volts.

For serious track use, the safety harness and bucket seat will need replacing, as the former is out of date, and the latter has a small crack.


An Eric Studer (the 356 guru, also affectionately known as "Studerman" following his comic strip appearance in Porsche Post in days gone by) 1720cc engine lurks under the fibreglass lid. Fitted with a race camshaft, it breathes through twin Solex carburettors sitting under tuned stacks, and exhales through an exhaust that includes a centre silencer to ensure the car meets the 90dB track noise restriction.

Two Carrera front oil coolers are fitted and the power is fed to the wheels through a strengthened SC transmission fitted with solid bushes. Uprated discs all round ensure that it stops as well as it goes, and the suspension is strengthened and lowered all round with uprated front and rear uprights and hubs and the whole lot is damped by Koni dampers.

In other words, the mechanical specification reads like a Porsche enthusiast’s cost-no-object wish list. The owner tells us that: “It starts on the button, stops and runs very well, the engine has only done 3 track days after rebuild.”

It sits on gorgeous black 15-inch Fuchs alloy wheels that are shod with Pirelli semi-slick tyres. The wheels could do with a light refurbishment to remove a few light scuffs and scratches but, importantly, they are not bent and run true. The tyres do have tread, but they are age-hardened and all four need replacing.

There is a small oil leak from the main bearing on the front of the crankshaft. Seems minor, with only a couple of drops falling per week and probably is just a dry seal that will swell back to its original size with more regular use, curing the problem without further intervention.

Devoting just a little time and effort to rectify this short ‘to do’ list would leave little, if anything, else to do other than to take it out and enjoy that wonderfully sonorous engine.

History Highlights

As a well-known car, there is extensive period history available including a detailed article from 1990 in which the legendary racing driver and motoring journalist Tony Dron puts the Porsche through its paces for Thoroughbred and Classic Cars magazine.

This vehicle can be viewed and picked up in Madrid, Spain.

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