1962 PORSCHE  356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE  Chassis no. 120840 Engine no. (KD) P97311

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Award-winning restoration to factory specs
1962 PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE

Sold for US$ 627,000 inc. premium
1962 PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 120840
Engine no. (KD) P97311

1,966cc DOHC Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Solex 40PII-4 Downdraft Carburetors
130bhp at 6,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Exquisite example of the top-of-the-line 356 Carrera
*One of just 27 Carrera 2's built with factory sunroof
*Exceptional restoration to factory specifications completed in 2013
*Award-winning Porsche ready for the show field, prominent tours and rallies
*Impeccably documented with a Porsche COA, Kardex, and factory correspondence



THE CARRERA 2 GS 2000

Originally introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 356 Carrera was the first edition of Porsche's long-running prestige performance car, featuring a special race-bred engine in development since 1952. Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann was tasked with determining just how much power the classic Porsche flat-four motor could develop, and in this pursuit he made some fundamental engineering adjustments over the basic pushrod engine. These modifications included the addition of twin ignition, two twin-throat carburetors, dry-sump lubrication, and dual-cam valve actuation.

Tested at various races during development, the high-performance dual-cam engine was also evaluated by the Porsche staff in their personal 356 examples, even though the motor was originally positioned for use in the 550 Spyder racecars. Eventually determining that the 356-based road car was the most opportune platform for this Type 547/1 engine, Porsche used the Frankfurt show to debut the Carrera, which was named for the famously grueling Mexican road race at which Porsche had dominated the 2-liter class. Initially available in coupe, convertible, and Speedster body styles, the Carrera grew in luxury over the years, somewhat obscuring its original performance mandate.

In September 1961 Porsche addressed this perception by introducing an updated version of the Carrera that was exclusively available as a coupe. The original dual-cam motor design was endowed with even more power by enlarging displacement to two liters, and reclassified as the Type 587/1, resulting in the fastest Porsche road car to date. Recognizing that the pure torque might be a handful for inexperienced customers, Porsche outfitted the new Carrera with disc brakes all around, and it was the first Porsche road car to be so equipped.

Introduced for the 1962 model-year as the Carrera 2, the internally coded GS 2000 wore Reutter's twin rear-grille T-6 bodystyle, and could have been mistaken for a standard pushrod 356B were it not for the dual exhausts that emerged from a distinctive apron under the rear bumper valance. Approximately 310 examples of the Carrera 2 were made in total. Claiming rarity, unprecedented performance, and identity as the most developed generation of the 356-based Carrera, the Carrera 2 has grown to be one of the most desirable of the vintage Porsche road cars, a veritable cornerstone of the Stuttgart legend.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Boasting superb documentation and a limited chain of known ownership, chassis no. 120840 was completed at the factory on July 5, 1962, and it is believed to be approximately the 47th example of the legendary Carrera 2. (According to a letter from the Porsche Museum, the car was originally equipped with motor no. 97047, and Type 587/1 motors began numbering with engine no. 97001). Also confirmed by a Kardex warranty repair card, the original motor was replaced at the factory early in its life by another correct 587/1 unit, engine no. 97311. This engine number is reflected by a Porsche COA, and remains with the Carrera to this day, making the car a matching numbers example per the factory records for all intents and purposes. Similarly, the original gearbox remains in the car and the body panels exhibit matching number stamps, suggesting an overwhelming presence of original components and an overall high state of authenticity.

Desirably equipped at the factory, this Carrera 2 was optioned with ventilated chrome wheels, a chrome signal ring, and an electric sunroof. Only twenty-seven Carrera GS Reutter Coupes were equipped with a factory sunroof, endowing this car with even greater rarity than a standard Carrera 2. Originally finished in ruby red paint and trimmed with an interior of black leatherette with grey corduroy seat inserts, this handsome Porsche was delivered new to Dr. Wolfgang Zerna, a university professor in Hannover, Germany. By the late 1960s, the car had passed to Robert Duffner, who is believed to have sold it in 1969 to Charles Jopes of San Francisco.

In 1971, the Carrera 2 was purchased by Seth Anderson, the owner of Anderson Aviation, a vintage airplane concern in Los Altos, California. Mr. Anderson and his wife took considerable efforts to track the specifics of their car with Porsche A.G., as reflected by various correspondence from the factory. Among these letters is an email from Klaus Bischof, manager of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, who states, "All in all only 310 cars of this type were made. As a Carrera, it's a rare and special car."

Realizing immediately that they had acquired a true sports car classic, the Andersons retained possession of their highly original Carrera 2 until 2008, accounting for 37 years of single ownership. Purchased then by Chuck Lawson of Dallas, Texas, the Carrera was soon treated to some restoration measures, including a full rebuild of the dual-cam Type 587/1 motor by Jacques Le Friant of Scott's Porsche Parts in National City, California. Completed in 2013, the four-year process left the car in a stunning state of display, with the exterior and interior authentically refreshed in the original color palette. The success of the restoration was confirmed with various showings and awards at premier Concours events.

Documented with a descriptive Kardex, original registrations, correspondence from the factory, and a Porsche COA, this beautifully presented Carrera GS/2000 abounds in classic details like the wood-rimmed steering wheel, teardrop tail lamps, chrome wheels with Stuttgart-badged center caps, and the distinguishing rear exhaust apron. It is a wonderfully detailed and highly desirable example of a venerable Stuttgart classic that warrants consideration by any serious Porsche connoisseur.
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1962 PORSCHE  356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE  Chassis no. 120840 Engine no. (KD) P97311
1962 PORSCHE  356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE  Chassis no. 120840 Engine no. (KD) P97311
1962 PORSCHE  356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE  Chassis no. 120840 Engine no. (KD) P97311
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1962 PORSCHE  356 CARRERA 2 GS COUPE  Chassis no. 120840 Engine no. (KD) P97311
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