1965 Porsche 356C

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


• Fully rebuilt engine including Bearing, Piston, and Cylinder replacement
• Valve Adjustment
• Weber Carburetors
• New exhaust system
• New Koni shocks
• Front and Rear Alignment
• Comprehensive Tune-Up

The 356 C also includes it's original set of Zenith Carburetors, as well as a set of date coated wheels, trans-axle, tool kit, jack, and the original keys. Further accompanying items include the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, the first owner’s logbook with mileage and maintenance records, receipts from day one, as well as the Driver’s Manual, Porsche Service Book, Michelin Owner’s Manual, and an MP4 video documenting the restoration by Classic Showcase. 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, according to the last owner. This Porsche would be a good addition to the discerning collector looking for a 356 C Coupe to add to their collection.

About the Restoration:
This 356 C has undergone a Show-Driver level restoration by the team and master Porsche technicians at Classic Showcase. The team of specialists have been driving and continued setting the car up since its restoration and are finally pleased to offer it to discerning Porsche collectors. This 356 C was completed at the Zuffenhausen Porsche Works on October 23, 1964 and was finished in its original color combination of Signal Red over a Black leatherette interior, as it appeared originally and again today. This Porsche is a very nice example that has held limited ownership, retains its matching numbers, has great documented history, and has very low total mileage and few miles since restoration.

The start of the car's restoration process began with photographing the car and completely disassembling it. The Porsche was then set up on a rotisserie, was completely stripped down to bare metal, any rust was cut out, and the proper panels were fit back to the car. All necessary body work was preformed, then the car was prepped and painted back to its original color of Signal Red, which was then followed by a wet sand and buff giving the paint the lustrous shine you see today; all of the parts were individually painted off of the car.

The restoration of the Porsche’s interior was as follows: the master trimmer renewed the complete interior, including the rebuilt and restored seats, 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 correct materials. A new windshield and rebuilt wiper mechanism were installed as well, the vent windows, door, and rear glass were kept completely original. A period correct Blaupunkt AM/FM push button radio was converted to digital with a hidden iPhone jack and 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, Classic Showcase 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 356 C.

Mechanical portions of the restoration involved: 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. Additionally, new fuel lines, brake lines, heater cables, and hoses were installed in the Coupe. The Coupe’s gas tank was removed, hot tanked, epoxy sealed, painted, and later reinstalled during the assembly process. Anything else necessary to make the engine run properly was performed.

The Coupe’s trans-axle was inspected and then 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, axle boots, bearings, an emergency brake cable, and speedometer cable were also installed. Our technicians also performed a full restoration of the correct date coded wheels, re-chromed the hub caps and over riders, and installed the final addition of a complete set of five new Tires to round out the look of this exceptional Porsche 365 C example.

Master technicians then installed a new wire harness, and serviced the car’s instruments, relays, and switches. A full restoration of the car’s electrical system was then performed, which kept the car’s original 6-volt configuration along with a new battery.


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.