1964 Porsche 356 C (SC spec) Cabriolet
s/n 810896 Engine no. 160450
Graphite with Black Leather
Ferdinand Porsche’s first roadgoing model bearing his own name was the 356. Introduced in 1948, it underwent continuous development during the production run, which finally ended in 1965. The ultimate development of these years was the 356 C, which represented huge advances over initial models, including the adaptation of disc brakes. They were available in several configurations as both coupes and cabriolets, and with several motors. Aside from cars fitted the rare and extremely complicated four-cam racing motors, the SC cabriolet was the top of the line model, with its fully insulated top and more powerful motor.
This car was originally sold with the less potent C motor, but was upgraded to an SC during its lifetime. It is best described as nicely restored outstanding driver.
The body and floors are in excellent order, with good gaps throughout, its original bonnet, and fresh, high quality, and glossy paintwork. There are no soft spots in the floors or battery box. The chrome trim is straight and complete, and the window glass, lenses, and emblems are equally nice. The car sits on beautiful chrome wheels, with newer tires. The canvas soft top was redone at some point, and is in an equally good order.
The interior is also very nice. The seats have been re-trimmed in black leather, while the door panels have been reupholstered in black leatherette as original. The dash paint, gauges, and headliner are all outstanding. Newer, correct square weave carpet and rubber mats have been installed. The original factory steering wheel, gear shift knob, Blaupunkt radio, and switchgear remain in place.
The engine bay is both nicely detailed and correct in equipment including the oil filter and Knecht air cleaner housings. Correct finishes are applied where appropriate, and overall, the engine compartment has the look of an unmodified and well kept 356 Porsche.
This 356 C Cabriolet starts easily and runs strong, with impressive power from the SC engine. The four wheel disc brakes provide ample stopping power, and the suspension has a taut and responsive feel. The transmission and shift linkage are both operating normally. Currently the odometer shows 42,895 miles.
This car is in all-around excellent condition. From a driving and cosmetic standpoint, this is an extremely fine example. It needs absolutely nothing to be enjoyed, and is very nice, though not so nice as to discourage the new owner from using it. The cabriolet C, with its fully lined top, proper wind-up windows, and disc brakes, represents a sophisticated and enjoyable way to experience the ultimate version of Porsche’s very first production model. This car is more sophisticated, both mechanically and in terms of creature comforts, than earlier cars, and when compared with the cruder Speedster at twice the price, this car is a great buy. These cars are appreciating smartly right now, and this car is an example that will allow its new owner to enjoy the appreciation and the car itself with minimal attention.
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