This more powerful 356B boasted an output of 75bhp, up 15bhp on the entry-level car thanks mainly to an increased compression ratio.

Visually, it was upgraded in line with the entry-level B; the front bumper and headlamps were higher, while the indicators lenses protruded further and the handle on the bonnet became wider. New vents under the front bumper fed air to the brakes.

How to spot

Raised front bumper and headlamps. Wide bonnet handle. Vents under front bumper. Convex chrome hubcaps with Porsche badge in centre.


The 356B 1600 Super was offered in Coupe, Cabriolet, Hard-top Coupe (Cabriolet with a hardtop welded in place) Hardtop/Cabriolet (Cabriolet with a removable hardtop) forms.


Capacity: 1582cc

Compression ratio: 7.5:1

Maximum Power: 75bhp @ 5000rpm

Maximum Torque: 117Nm @ 3700rpm

Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums

Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transvers torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with radius arms, two torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres (optional radial tyres: 165/15)

Length: 4010mm

Width: 1670mm

Weight: 900kg

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0-60mph: 15.0 sec Top speed: 108mph

The 356B range was revised in 1962 with twin grilles on the engine cover, in place of the previous single aperture.