1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Sunroof Coupe
Chassis no. 219602
Engine no. 812818
*1,600cc, 4-cylinder SC motor
*Porsche Certificate of Authenticity *Matched numbers
*Original Sunroof Coupe
*Original color scheme
The 356 made its final transformation with the Type 6 body in 1963. Designated 356C, it had a new ZF steering gear and added compensating spring at the rear, the latter calming the swing axle suspension. Four-wheel disc brakes were also part of the revision, and a 12-volt electrical system became available. Two 1,600 cc engines were offered, the "C" version with 75 DIN (European horsepower, rated 88 by SAE), and the "SC" with higher compression and counterweighted crankshaft making 95 hp DIN (107 SAE), in addition to the powerful four-cam 2-liter Carrera 2.
Porsche's availability of factory records through its 'Kardex' Certificate of Authenticity system enables simple confirmation that this very fine 'SC' is as it was supplied new, that is to say, in the lustrous deep Ruby Red paint scheme with black leatherette trim and complete with a host of desirable factory options - electric sunroof, headrest, ventilated chrome wheels, fog lights, chrome signal ring, Blaupunkt 'Stuttgart' radio, antenna and seatbelts. Importantly, it verifies that the original SC motor is still fitted and notes that the delivery date when new was September 9, 1964.
That the car survives in such good order and to its original form is largely testament to it having only three owners from new. For the most part this was in the custody of a San Francisco Bay Area High School Principal, from the late 1960s until a couple of years ago, where it is said to have been a familiar sight to the students.
Still sporting its desirable California Black Plates, approximately 8 years ago it received a comprehensive and sympathetic restoration to return it to as new condition and this remains in great order today.
Top of the line in its day, a 'Sunroof Coupe' remains high on the list of desirable Porsches. With strong history, matched numbers and accompanied by its 'C. of A.', books, invoices for work done and even a factory original Messko tire pressure gauge, this must be one of the best available.
- Please note that this vehicles is titled as a 1965.