<b>1964 PORSCHE 356C 1600 CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 159226<br /> Engine no. P710620
Lot 306
1964 PORSCHE 356C 1600 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 159226
Engine no. P710620

Sold for US$ 192,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1964 PORSCHE 356C 1600 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 159226
Engine no. P710620

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


*Single enthusiast owner since 1974
*Numbers matching example with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
* Fewer than 180 miles covered on its recent restoration
*Complete with a desirable factory hard top
*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 in September 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.

The vendor discovered the car in 1974 while looking for a Porsche to restore. Rust free but a bit faded, the Cabriolet was still trimmed in its original Bali Blue paint - a special option - and Fawn leather. The car was brought home, disassembled, and cataloged. Parts needing refinishing were re-chromed or otherwise touched up and all other items required for restoration were noted and lists sent to Porsche dealers around the United States until all of the items could be sourced. In completing the restoration, the decision was made to change the color scheme from its original specification to silver over black leather. It was also at this time that a factory hard top was sourced and color-matched to the car.

After enjoying the Porsche for three and half decades of sunny weekend drives, it was time to re-restore the machine. In 2013, a full restoration was started, this one much more thorough that the one completed in the late 1970s. Maintaining its silver over black color scheme, the numbers matching engine was rebuilt with new pistons and cylinders, the gauges were refurbished, the exhaust system was replaced, and the brakes were redone. Additionally, a thorough cosmetic refresh and detailing was performed.

Fewer than 180 miles have been accumulated since the Cabriolet's recent restoration. Documented by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and backed by forty years of ownership by a single devoted enthusiast, this is a great model in which to experience the 356 legend. Benefitting from all the 356C technical improvements and improved brakes, this Cabriolet represents one of the final and most civilized versions of the long-running 356 model.
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