Super 90 Equipped: 1963 Porsche 356

For a Porsche 356 coupe that’s not ready to be swept into a dust bin, this 1963 model looks like a potentially sound deal. Throw in a mechanically-sound Super 90 engine and it looks even better. This car is claimed to be a body shop’s kind of project, but not one that’s so rusty you won’t see it for five years after it goes inside. There’s no reserve on this 356 listed here on eBay, and the 1600 Super 90 mill is claimed to be numbers matching.

The 356 was originally Oslo Blue with a white interior, a sharp and uncommon combination. It’s unfortunately been repainted, but it is absolutely worth returning it to its original colors. The hubcaps and slight dish of the steel wheels is a great look for these cars, and the body looks relatively straight if tired. The seller claims the body panels are “…99% solid,” and very complete.

The interior has also been swapped out to black, and you can see traces of the original paint in the door frame. The door panels are missing but the seller notes the 356 comes with a variety of spare parts, including glass, bumpers, and all engine parts and accessories. Impressively, the listing says the floors, trunk, doors, and hood are all in good shape, which I would assume to mean rust-free.

The engine has been removed but was also supposedly rebuilt after it was extracted. The transmission was also “…gone through,” and the entire drivetrain is said to be leak-free and in good order. The color combination and Super 90 engine make this project-grade 356 a potentially smart investment, but a CoA would provide additional peace of mind for buyers who are looking to maximize their investment.

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Comments

  1. Benjy58

    how much money do you have?. It’s not enough.

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  2. bobhess Member

    Not in the market but it’s nice to see one you can’t see daylight through the floor.

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  3. Sandy Claws

    Ahh, do yourself a favor, buy a slightly used pristine Beck replica and drive it
    today and enjoy it. Also spend about a third of what this will cost to buy and make drive able. As you drive your Beck that didn’t take three years of waiting for and multiple cost over runs, you can be reassured that no matter which way the investment curve goes in the aging Baby Boomer car market, you are gonna be okay. The Porsche bubble is stretched so thin, and when it pops, it is going to make an awful big boom! Take that extra 50-75K that you saved while driving your Beck and invest it in the market. See who comes out ahead in 20 years, plus you get to drive!!!!

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    • Haig L Haleblian

      Respectfully Sandy, I disagree on all points. Wait til the stock market hits the wall which it will with it’s meteoric run. History has proven so as it has with collector anything. Ebb and flow. Long term my collection has outperformed the market which is not the reason I collect. But, it is a nice add. Nor do I care if it doesn’t out perform. It brings me joy daily to look, work, and drive them which is invaluable to me. Those cars bring me joy. Plus the like minded folks are pretty terrific. When’s the last time one had an unforgettable experience with a stock certificate? Fakes are fakes in fiberglass, silicone, and botox. My take.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    UP TO 30 LARGE!!! Good luck to the new owner!!

    Cheers
    GPC

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  5. Rube Goldberg

    What’s the appeal here? Ok, not a Porsche fan, and some Porsches are really cool cars, but I always thought these were just fancy VW’s, are they really worth $50 g’s? ( $30 to buy and another $20 easy, to restore) Where do you people work that you can afford a $30 thousand dollar beater? I know, I know, get with the times, grandpa, new Peterbilt large cars are $190 grand now. Have fun with the future, folks.

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  6. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Hear, hear Rube Goldberg! I still find great joy in searching local Craigslist in the “under $5000” category. Never a dull moment, though lately it has been filled up with the ubiquitous Grand Nationals and old pickups. There is still gold in the hills, and some people honestly price their cars to sell them, not to compete with Mecum, Barrett Jackson, etc. Then again I drive my cars after performing restorations to bring them to a safe and reliable standard. Cheers.

  7. bobhess Member

    Rube Goldberg… since 1952 the only resemblance to the VWs was the design of the front and rear suspension. Larger and totally different engines and transmissions, bigger brakes, no body or pan parts interchangeable. All that changed with the introduction of the 911 but even it had the rear torsion bar suspension design but with cv jointed half shafts instead of the tube type swing axle 356 units. I agree with anyone who says the pricing of these cars is out of control and the factory was the root cause of that in the ’80s by almost doubling the price of their cars. Went downhill for the enthusiast after that.

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  8. TimM

    As a numbers matching car with the wrong color repaint the time I would take as someone who does all his own work would not make it feasible at 30k as an investment!!! Pulling the covers off the seats to redo the upholstery to get back to the original white interior would probably be the easiest part of the job!! the rebuilt motor is a plus but still would be no comparison to the repaint!! It must have been a stunning car with the blue paint and white interior!!! I’ve never liked the bumpers on these cars but a have seen them with a cobra style chrome vertical bracket that does do the car justice as a sports car!!!

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