Lot 287 - 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||120,370 miles|
|Estimate||£85,000 - £100,000|
|Result||Sold - £95,200|
Although few would have realised it at the time, the 1948 launch of the Porsche 356 was a significant milestone in automotive history. It marked the commercial birth of what has become one of the world's greatest car manufacturers; a company that has many times won Le Mans on Sunday and inspired the rich of the road on Monday. Its achievements are unique. The 356 was collaboration between `Ferry' Porsche, the son of the company's founder, and its chief body engineer Erwin Komenda. The first examples of the 356 were handcrafted from aluminium in Gmund, Austria. And, with parts in short supply following the war, the model initially employed the engine, transmission and suspension from the Volkswagen Beetle (the car famously designed by Porsche Senior). However, within two years the car had been considerably re-engineered and was less reliant on stock Volkswagen parts, while production had moved to Züffenhausen in Germany with bodies now made of steel. Thanks to efficient aerodynamics, sporting handling and fine build quality, the 356 quickly established itself as a worthy competition car and it achieved success in such top events as Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamericana, as well as countless other races and rallies around the world. The development of the 356 was charted by the suffixes A, B and C. Produced from 1959 to 1963, the B Series cars are largely distinguished by a higher nose, larger bumpers and twin-choke carburettors. They were made in two generations of body style - T5 and T6. The latter, introduced in mid 1962, featured larger windows and twin engine bonnet grills with the 356C arriving in 1964 and featuring disc brakes all round.
This stunning US specification 356C convertible benefits from being a matching numbers example as detailed on the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It has recently undergone a full restoration including engine re-build by marque specialists, Maxted, Page & Prill and is well documented within the history file. The interior, carpets and hood has also had similar treatment and the over effect is fabulous. The last of the 356s in superb condition, good history and with the best configuration, definitely one to keep…
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