1963 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter
Chassis no. 159295
Engine no. 730366
1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Zenith Carburetors
75bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Final, most improved version of the 356
*Engine rebuilt by Porsche specialists
*Desirable features including radio and luggage rack
*First-year 356C incorporating disc brakes all-round
The Porsche 356C
Cabriolets had been manufactured right from the start of 356 production, but the first open Porsche to make a significant impact was the Speedster, introduced in 1954 following the successful reception in the USA of a batch of 15 special roadsters. The Reutter-bodied Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilized Convertible D, which differed principally by virtue of its larger windscreen and winding side windows. Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders, Reutter undertaking the bulk of production with significant contributions from Karmann of Osnabruck, Drauz of Heilbronn and d'Ieteren of Brussels.
By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, Porsche's first sports car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15"-diameter wheels, the newcomer's introduction bringing with it further styling revisions and an engine now standardized at 1,600cc. Outwardly very similar to the final 356Bs, the ultimate 356C model arrived in 1963 sporting four-wheel disc brakes - first seen on the 2-liter Carrera 2 - among numerous detail improvements, notably a new ZF steering gear and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engines available - both of 1.6 liters - were the 75bhp 'C' and 95bhp 'SC', the latter replacing the Super 90.
The Motorcar Offered
This lovely Reutter-bodied Cabriolet is an early example of the 356C, produced during the latter half of 1963. Featuring the improved four-wheel disc brakes and the good-looking twin grille engine cover, the 356C is often touted as the best driving, most refined version of the celebrated 356 model. While its early history is not known, this car is known to have spent some time in Alabama before residing with an owner in Houston, Texas more recently.
This example features numerous charming features and accessories including a period radio, factory clock, and Coco floor mats to keep its occupants cozy. Driver and passenger will undoubtedly enjoy the inviting tan leather interior, while a luggage rack mounted to the rear offers the option of a longer getaway thanks to increased luggage storage space. In addition, a matching tan cloth top allows the option of foul-weather protection.
The engine is believed to be the matching numbers original unit, and has been rebuilt by Rennsport of Sealy, Texas. At the time of cataloging, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity had been applied for but not yet received. We can confirm that the engine number falls into the correct range for the chassis and we hope to be able to confirm its originality by the sale date.
Having been restored at some point in the past, this 356 is described as having very good panel fit along with excellent brightwork, and has reportedly had the suspension and brakes rebuilt and serviced, as well as an overhaul of the engine and transaxle. A great model in which to experience the 356 legend, this Cabriolet represents the final and most civilized version of the model.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1964.