Introduced in 1948, the Porsche Type 356 is acknowledged to be one of the world’s greatest sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminium-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46bhp, 1,100cc air-cooled flat-four to a powerful autobahn burner with a 130bhp, 2-litre 4-cam boxer Carrera engine. Overt time came coupes, luxurious cabriolets and more spartan Speedsters and Roadsters, and more than 76,000 were built by the time production ceased in 1965.
By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, Porsche’s first sports car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15-inch wheels, along with further styling revisions and a 1,600cc engine. Outwardly very similar to the final 356B, the ultimate 356C model arrived in 1963 sporting disc brakes all round (first seen on the 2-litre Carrera 2), a new ZF steering gear and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engine options were the 75bhp ‘C’ and the 95bhp ‘SC’, both 1,600cc, the latter replacing the Super 90 model.
The 356C offered here is the 1.6-litre engine with 75bhp, it will come with the original steel rims complete with hub caps and with the Fuchs rims mounted. The vehicle was a German delivery and German registration and vehicle documents are present. This car is a matching numbers vehicle with German H-plates. The Porsche certificate is supplied with the vehicle. An ADAC vintage car expertise evaluation from 2011 notes the car with a condition of 2+. The interesting history and large amount spent on the car during it’s US restoration make it worthy for consideration to any shrewd enthusiast in time for Summer.
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