<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243

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1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Sold for US$ 1,000,500 inc. premium
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 158183
Engine no. 97243

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 Annular Disc Brakes

*Selling after 30 years of single ownership
*Exquisite, highly-original example of the top-of-the-line 356 Carrera 2
*One of just 64 Carrera 2 Cabriolets produced
*Fully documented ownership history from new


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.

While following the basic configuration of the standard Porsche engine, the Carrera engine differed in almost every other detail by use of dual-cam valve actuation, twin distributor ignition, two twin-throat carburetors, and dry sump lubrication. The exotic four-cam engine was mated to a fully synchronized four-speed manual transaxle, with model-specific annular disc brakes at all four corners. Top speed was a lofty for the time 125 mph. That was in addition to the further improvements and enhancements the company imparted on the significantly revised B models.

The fastest and most expensive Porsche road car of its day, the 356 B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Cabriolet cost about $6,200, a 50% price increase over the pushrod-engine model. Most of the cost was due to the complex Type 587/1 four-cam engine, which took nearly 100 hours to assemble. Out of more than 70,00 examples of the 356 before the 911 succeeded it, only about 64 Carrera 2's CABS in total are believed to have been made for 1963 and 1964, making this model one of the rarest at the time, and certainly amongst the most exclusive and desirable today.

Tested at various races during development, the high-performance dual-cam engine was also evaluated by the Porsche staff in their personal 356 examples. Eventually determining that the 356-based road car was the most opportune platform for this Type 547/1 engine, Porsche used the 1961 Frankfurt auto 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 of 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 body style 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

This 1963 Porsche Carrera 2 Cabriolet, chassis no. 1588183, was completed in April of 1963, leaving the Porsche factory painted in Signal Red over black leather interior and a black soft top. The car was delivered that same month to its first owner, a firm named Hallreiter & Vieten, in Germany. This Carrera 2 remained in Germany when purchased by its second owner, Fa. H.A Jansen, in 1965. Under the ownership of H.A Jansen, the car was regularly serviced and maintained by the Porsche dealer as documented on the Kardex. Fa H.A Jansen would sell the open-topped Carrera 2 to Werner Kuhn, Mönchengladbach, Germany, on August 1, 1972. According to records noted on the German registration document, Mr. Kuhn owned the car through August 1978, until selling to Mr. Walter Gratemar of Holland in April 1986. During Mr. Gratemar's ownership, the body of this Carrera 2 was stripped to bare metal and refinished. The history file for this car includes detailed photos documenting the paint removal and refinish. Today's seller purchased the car from Mr. Walter Gratemar in April 1989, where the car has since remained in his private collection in Denmark, being regularly driven on tours and international driving events.

When purchased in 1989, the 4-cam engine originally installed in the car had been removed and replaced, albeit, with a correct type 587/1 engine. This prompted the current owner to research and locate the original, numbers matching engine (#97243) found in Belgium. Once purchased, the engine was rebuilt by Carrera specialist Armin Baumann before being mounted on an engine stand and kept on display with the car. The engine remained as a display piece until it was reinstalled into the car in April of 2017, returning the car to its numbers matching configuration. Before reinstallation though, the engine underwent a technical inspection with German Carrera Specialist Karl Hloch to verify the engine was in operable condition after years of display.

In addition to having its original engine reinstalled in 2017, this Carrera 2 was sent to 356 Specialist Hapke Original Restauration in Leverkusen, Germany, to receive mechanical attention, where all major ware components in need of maintenance were either refurbished or replaced. Invoices in the vehicle's history file outline the work completed to the car, including front suspension and steering replacement parts, rear axle shafts and front kingpin replacement, new oil lines, and the replacement of ancillary mechanical components throughout the car.

Selling after 30 years of single ownership, this particular 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet with little more than 100.000 km on the clock and fitted with matching numbers engine, presents in thoroughly stunning condition with absolutely no deviation from its original specification. The leather interior, square-weave carpeting, floor mats, and soft top remain original and untouched after years of meticulous maintenance. The car even wears original trim and brightwork. Documented with a Kardex, original German "Pappbrief" registration, photos of the repaint in 1986, and the installation of its original engine, this beautiful Carrera 2 abounds in classic details like the original wood-rimmed steering wheel, teardrop tail lamps, chrome wheels with Stuttgart-badged center caps, and the distinguishing rear exhaust apron. It is a wonderfully presented and highly original example of a venerable Stuttgart classic that warrants consideration by any serious Porsche connoisseur.

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<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
<b>1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158183<br />Engine no. 97243
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