One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche and based on the Volkswagen designed by his father. Like the immortal ‘Beetle’, the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. In 1951 a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque’s long and illustrious association with Le Sarthe.
The first phase of development saw the 356’s engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 liters; the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its rounded windscreen and 15″ – down from 16″ – wheels. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor while the engine – now standardized at 1,600cc – was available in three different stages of tune, the most powerful – apart from the four-cam Carrera – being the 90bhp unit of the Super 90.
This 1963 T6 Karmann bodyshell 356 was delivered new through ‘Competition’ Culver City USA in Ivory (6204) with black leatherette- The colour scheme it still retains today.
Repatriated back to European shores, the car was subject to a restoration in 2003. Fitted with a 75 bph engine, this ‘Super’ 356 has been garaged and well maintained since. Described as being in great shape with good panel gaps all round, this delightful example of the 356C is for the collector. Offered in its original colour combination and with a MoT until January 2015, this June 63’ built car would be a sensible investment for the connoisseur.