1965 Porsche 356C
|Current condition:||UNDER RESTORATION|
|Performance:||1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine|
|Color exterior:||Signal Red|
|Color interior:||Black leatherette|
|Mileage:||Less than 65,000 orginal miles|
July 20, 2018 UPDATE: This 356C has just wrapped up a Show/Driver level restoration and is now available! The team at Classic Showcase has been driving and setting the car up, and we'll post a preview video along with a drive test in the near future, please stay tuned! This highly original 356C was completed at the Zuffenhausen Porsche works on October 23, 1964, and was finished in Signal Red over a Black leatherette interior, as it appears today. The car's mileage of less than 65,000 is carefully documented in the first owners logbook, and is believed to be the cars original mileage since new. The car has held limited ownership, displaying wonderful patina and retaining its original numbers-matching and date stamped wheels, engine and trans-axle, dealer installed radio, logbook, and receipts from day one, as well as a copy of the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Further accompanying items include a tool kit and jack, and the original keys. This is a wonderful, and highly original example of one of the last of the 356Cs ever produced, a truly spectacular classic German sports car, painstakingly restored and ready for the serious Porsche collector!
Porsche's Type 356, introduced in 1948, is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminum-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46hp 1100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner carrying a complex, two-liter four-cam boxer Carrera engine of 130 horsepower. Its steady development brought not only coupes, but luxurious cabriolets and more spartan Speedsters and Roadsters; more than 76,000 examples were produced by the time production ceased in 1965. By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, Porsche's first sports car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15"-diameter wheels. The newcomer's introduction brought with it further styling revisions and an engine now standardized at 1,600cc. Outwardly very similar to the final 356Bs, the ultimate 356C model arrived in 1963 sporting four-wheel disc brakes – first seen on the 2-liter Carrera 2 – among numerous detail improvements, notably a new ZF steering gear and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engines available, both of 1.6 liters, were the 75bhp 'C' and 95bhp 'SC', the latter replacing the Super 90.