Introduced in 1948, the Porsche Type 356 is acknowledged to be one of the worldâs greatest sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminium-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46bhp 1,100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner with a 130bhp 2-litre 4-cam boxer Carrera engine. Over time came coupes, luxurious cabriolets and more spartan Speedsters and Roadsters, and more than 76,000 were built by the time production ceased in 1965.
By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, Porscheâs first sports car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15-inch wheels, along with further styling revisions and a 1,600cc engine. Outwardly very similar to the final 356B, the ultimate 356C model arrived in 1963 sporting disc brakes all round (first seen on the 2-litre Carrera 2), a new ZF gearbox and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engines options were the 75bhp âCâ and the 95bhp âSCâ, both 1,600cc, the latter replacing the Super 90 model.
This excellent car was built in 1964 and first registered in 1965 in Germany. Between 2008 and 2012 the car went through a thorough restoration in Germany and the engine was replaced by the stronger 95bhp engine and the body was repainted.
The Porsche 356 has: double Webber carburetors, a stainless steel sports exhaust, new Konni shock absorbers, 6-volt system retained. The interior features speedster black seats and new carpeting. To the exterior, the chrome work is correct and bright and the tires have also been recently replaced.
The car is UK registered and comes with both German Porche COA and English Porsche COA, long history file and records of ownership from a couple of meticulous and fastidious doctors. The car has recently been given a full service and work-through with 356 specialist, PR Services, to the tune of ÂŁ3,000. There is also a fresh MOT for peace of mind and this really is a wonderful example of the classic 356 with a driving experience to match the looks.