1964 Porsche 356C
Lot 386
1964 Porsche 356C Coupé Chassis no. 356 129632 Engine no. P713457
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 48,323) inc. premium
Lot Details
1964 Porsche 356C Coupé
Registration no. ONW 493B
Chassis no. 356 129632
Engine no. P713457


  • Although Ferdinand Porsche had established his automotive design consultancy in the early 1930s, his name would not appear on a car until 1949. When it did, it graced one of the all-time great sports cars: the Porsche 356. Having commenced manufacture with a short run of aluminium-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupé at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then (from 1955) in its original factory at Zuffenhausen.
    The work of Ferry Porsche, the 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Regularly revised and updated, Porsche's landmark sports car would remain in production well into the 911 era, the final examples being built in 1965.
    Outwardly very similar to the final 356Bs, the ultimate 356C model arrived in 1963 sporting four-wheel disc brakes - first seen on the 2.0-litre Carrera 2 - among numerous detail improvements. Engines available - both of 1.6 litres - were the 75bhp 'C' and 95bhp 'SC', the latter replacing the Super 90. Testing a 356C in 1964, Road & Track enthused over its comfort, quality and excellent performance, concluding, 'one would look a long time before finding a sports or GT car that offers more pure driving enjoyment.'
    The ultimate expression of a famous line, this right-hand drive 356C coupé was shipped new to the Republic of South Africa in 1964, coming to the UK in 2007 when it was purchased by Gmund Cars of Nidd Valley, Knaresborough. The current (lady) owner purchased the Porsche on 20th August 2007. We are advised that, apart from a re-spray in 2010, it has never been renovated and remains in generally very good condition, though the interior is a little tired. Finished in white with red leather upholstery, the car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2012 and Swansea V5C document. The only notified deviations from factory specification are the front seat belts, which have been changed, and the addition of belts for the rear seat passengers.
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