Introduced in 1948, the Porsche Type 356 is acknowledged to be one of the world’s 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, 46hp 1100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner with a 130hp 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, Porsche’s 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-liter Carrera 2), a new ZF steering gear and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engines options were the 75bhp ‘C’ and the 95bhp ‘SC’, both 1,600cc, the latter replacing the Super 90 model.
On offer today is one of the extremely rare SC specification examples produced in the very final year of production for the 356 before it was replaced by the 911. Finished in the original paint colour of Light Ivory (6404), over Fawn and red leatherette, this 1964 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe in original SC 356C/1600 Karmann Coupe specification is equipped with the numbers matching, body and transmission.
Rolling out of the factory on the 29th of June 1964, this wonderful example of the overwhelmingly loved 356 is supplied with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
|Auction||The Spirit of Motoring, London October 2017|
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