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1964 Porsche 356C Coupe

Long Time California Car. Strong Running, Well-Maintained Example.

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VIN 218451
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Black
Mileage 31708 Miles
Engine 1600 cc Flat-4 no. P*713819*
Transmission 4-Speed
Status Sold
Stock FJ1408


1964 Porsche 356C Coupe
s/n 218451 engine no. 713819
Red with Black Interior

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. By production’s end, the car had come a long way. Engine output over doubled, from 40hp at introduction to just shy of 100hp in the last examples. The ultimate development from these years was the 356 C, which represented significant advances over earlier models, including the adoption of disc brakes. They were available in several configurations as both coupes and cabriolets, and with several motors.

This particular car is a long time California car, having been registered in California since approximately 1973, based on its old registration number 800 NTU. The car has records back to 1983, indicating that it was purchased by a woman in Sacramento. The car wore 6 digit blue license plates at that time, although these were replaced by a California “sunset” vanity plate in 1986. She looked after the car very fastidiously, performing regular valve adjustments, major services, and other repairs as necessary.

She sold the car to its current owner in 1993, who continued the car’s fastidious maintenance. The owner has a 356 Speedster and purchased this car for his wife. Together, they used this 356C extensively for trips and it has proven quite reliable. There is a thick file of service records showing that the car was regularly used and always maintained. Included among this was a complete engine overhaul 25,000 miles ago in 2002. The car has had much other maintenance over the years, including restoration of the fuel tank and fueling system, cosmetic engine freshening including refinishing fan shroud, engine tin, and heater boxes, replacing brake lines, replacing pads and rotors, replacing the shocks and steering damper, replacing the master cylinder, and many other items. The car has the upholstery redone approximately ten years ago, as well as a respray.

The car is in good cosmetic condition. Structurally, the car is very nice, with a good solid body that appears to be rust-free. The underside shows what appear to be excellent original floors that are free of corrosion. The longitudinals are also in excellent rust-free condition. The battery box is generally good, although there is a small hole. The car is equipped with a sunroof, although the owner reports that it does not appear on the Kardex. Regardless, it appears to be an original sunroof, with the correct type header rail, tracks, and dash switch. The paintwork was done to mediocre standards and is showing orange peel and a few areas of cracking and peeling, which have been touched up. The chrome ranges from fair to very good, but all trim is present and in good condition. The wheels are chromed and are very good. The car is also fitted with Speedster type side trims. The glass and lights are generally very good to excellent, though there is light pitting across the front windscreen from usual road use.

The interior is in very good condition, with very good upholstery and carpets. The carpets are not of the correct material but are in excellent shape and well fitted. The correct rubber floor mats are in place and in good shape. The dashboard and instruments are in good shape, and the headliner is excellent.

The trunk is correct and in very fine unrestored condition with correct plastic liner and chromed spare date coded May of 1964. The engine compartment is generally correct in appearance, with no untoward modifications. The original air cleaners are in place and the engine is reasonably clean with the appearance of a well-cared for car that has been used regularly but not neglected. The car runs and drives superbly, and the current owners have taken the car on many extended trips in the US and even into Northwestern Canada.

This is a great opportunity to acquire a great driver 356C with sunroof that has been a reliable long distance tourer for its previous keepers. While not cosmetically perfect, it is mechanically and structurally excellent, making it an ideal event car, touring car, or a car to gradually improve while still using and driving it regularly. It comes with service records back to 1983.


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