1965 Porsche 356C

Specifications
Stock: P65-576
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Suspension: 4-Wheel Independent
Color exterior: Signal Red
Color interior: Black leatherette
Mileage: Less than 65,000 orginal miles, with less than 100 test miles since restoration
Brakes: Disc
Vin #: 220576
Engine #: 715831
Description

This 356C has recently 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 is finally pleased to offer it to discerning Porsche collectors. This 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 Porsche was completely taken apart down to every nut and bolt by master Porsche technicians at Classic Showcase, and was rotisserie restored to a Show/Driver level.

The start of the car's restoration process began with it being completely stripped down to bare metal, cutting out any rust, and bringing the proper panels and fitting them back to the car. We performed all necessary body work, then prepped and painted the car back to its original color, which was then followed by a wet sand and buff giving the paint the lustrous shine you see today; all of the Coupe’s parts were individually painted off of the car. The Coupe’s gas tank was removed, hot tanked, epoxy sealed, painted and later reinstalled during the assembly process.

For the restoration of the Porsche’s interior, our master trimmer rebuilt and recovered the car’s seats, and later installed a fully new interior, painstakingly done in all the proper materials. Proper German carpet was used throughout the process, which also included the addition and installation of a new headliner and door panels, all done in the proper and correct materials. A new windshield and rebuilt wiper mechanism was installed as well, keeping the remainder of the car’s glass completely original. A period correct Blaupunkt AM/FM radio converted to digital with a hidden iPhone jack, neatly stored inside the car’s glove box. The Porsche also features a new gear shift knob, and its original rubber mats have been fully restored. Furthermore, we installed all brand-new rubber, grommets, hardware, deco trim, and door strikers, as well as re-plating the door handles, switches, seat chrome, bezels, trim, and windshield trim in the front and rear of the 356C.

The mechanical restoration of the Coupe involved removing the engine and taking it apart, resealing it, repainting all of the sheet metal, installing new hardware plated in yellow CAD, rebuilding the carbs, performing a valve job, rebuilding the distributor, installing new belts, rebuilding the generator, replacing the starter, and adding new brake master and wheel cylinders; in addition, new fuel lines, brake lines, heat cables and hoses were installed the Coupe.

Our Master technicians then installed a new wire harness, and serviced the car’s instrument, relays and switches, as well as performing a full restoration of the car’s electrical system, which kept the car’s original 6-volt configuration along with a new battery.

The Coupe’s transmission was inspected and serviced, and a new clutch system was installed. Our technicians also performed a full restoration of the car’s suspension systems and undercoated the bottom of the car in the proper German Worth undercoat. New oil seals and an emergency brake and speedometer cable were also installed. Our technicians also performed a full restoration of the correct dated coded wheels, re-chromed the Hub Caps and over riders with the final addition of a complete set of new Tires to round out the look of this exceptional Porsche 365 example.

The car's mileage of less than 65,000 is carefully documented in the first owner’s logbook and is believed to be the cars original mileage since new. The car has held limited ownership, retains 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.



History

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, 46 hp 1100 cc 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 1,600 cc. 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 75 bhp 'C' and 95 bhp 'SC', the latter replacing the Super 90.

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