Porsche 356 C Karmann Coupe (1964)
A Porsche 356 needs no introduction. Ever since the pre-production model ran its first kilometres in 1948 at a race in Innsbruck, the 356 has been a favourite of fans of light, fast sports cars. And for good reason. The combination of a powerful engine, low weight, excellent road holding and a charming design make it one of the most pleasurable classic cars to drive.
The Porsche 356 C first appeared in 1964 as a replacement for the 356 B. It hardly differed in appearance, but there were some technical changes. The car was now equipped with disc brakes all round and the engines were upgraded. That same year, however, the 911 was introduced, which would spell the end of the 356. The last 356s, destined for the Dutch police, rolled off the production line in 1966. The charming little sports car, of which more than 75,000 were produced, would however always live on as the ancestor of all Porsches until today.
The Porsche 356 C we are proudly offering, chassis number 219383 with matching numbers engine and gearbox, was produced in 1964 to order by the Porsche dealer Brumos in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the original order form, it was fitted with a red imitation leather interior and was painted ‘Schwarz’. The engine chosen was the 75 hp, 1.6-litre boxer four-cylinder. After many years in America, the car came back to Germany. In 2013, the car was imported to France by Serge Heitz Automobiles, who sold it in 2014, when the Porsche showed 58.875 driven kilometres. The new owner had regular maintenance done by the specialist Marc Borie Automobiles in Puteaux (Paris), of which all invoices are available.
The 356 C is in a very good condition, both technically and optically, with now 65.016 kilometres on the speedometer. Our workshop recently overhauled the front brake system and gave the engine a good service. Still in its original colour, the car does have a different, but correct interior with brown imitation leather. Further modifications are Weber carburettors and a sports exhaust, which produces a dark but civilised sound. The current owner is now selling the car, hoping that it will once again end up with a true enthusiast.
Chassis nr. 219 383
Engine nr. 714 707
4-speed Manual Gearbox
Disc brakes all round