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The Porsche 356 was the company’s first production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. Of the 76,000 originally produced, approximately half survive.
The last revision of the 356 was the 356C introduced for the 1964 model year. It featured disc brakes all around, as well as an option for the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced, the 95 hp (71 kW) “SC.” 356 production peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, the year that its successor, the new 911, was introduced to the US market (it was introduced slightly earlier in Europe). The company continued to sell the 356C in North America through 1965 as demand for the model remained quite strong in the early days of the heavier and more ‘civilized’ 911. The last ten 356′s (cabriolets) were assembled for the Dutch police force in March 1966 as 1965 models.
Our car is a straight bodied and great running example of the Porsche legacy. What appears to be the original paint will need to be redone and the interior is in good condition though there are a few insignificant and minor scratches, rips and tears that might need attention. Extensive service records that date between 1983 and 2001 are available. Despite sitting for some time and eventually going into storage, this piece did not suffer from advertent neglect. It has recently been fully serviced and driven around significantly in the past few months.
When you take these facts into consideration it is easy to see how and why this 356C is a prime candidate for restoration, retrofitting or just to drive a bad-ass outlaw.