Lot 291 - 1964 Porsche 356C Outlaw
|Odometer reading||12,340 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £52,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
The Porsche 356C, being Porsche's first production model, has generated a huge following right across the world with competition variants, stock cars and beautifully presented original road cars. A movement has evolved, however, in Southern California for a variant known as the 'Outlaw'. The first 'Outlaw 356' appears to be a 1956 356 Carrera customised by Dean Jeffries in 1957. As soon as he purchased the car, he started modifying it to showcase his abilities as a custom car builder. When asked years later why he customised a Porsche, he answered, "Because, back then only the sports car guys had any money. All of the hot-rodders were broke." This way of thinking can most easily be seen reflected in the global phenomenon of the VW Beetle. Huge industries exist for the promotion and modification of these iconic motorcars. And so it is with the Outlaw.
We are proud to offer a magnificent example of an Outlaw that is presented in exceptional condition throughout. Imported into the UK in early 2015, this matching numbers example has been UK registered and the import duties paid. We are informed that, in 2009, restoration works were carried out by Hamilton Classics, a small restoration company located in Texas, who have specialised in restoring the 356 model since the late 1960s. The engine has been upgraded with an LN Engineering Nickies Big Bore Kit machined to 1883cc with further top end and crankshaft work and a full flow oil filter. Fuel is supplied via the Weber carburettors and exhaust gases extracted through a Bursch extractor system with a street muffler. The interior has been replaced including the headlining and German weave carpet. In addition, this Porsche 356 boasts Lexan side windows, re-upholstered custom 911RS race-style seats with three point harnesses, a MOMO Prototipo steering wheel, aluminium floorboards and a dead pedal. Dual circuit brakes with discs on all four wheels are fitted; the brake calipers have been rebuilt and the brake master cylinder replaced. On arrival into the UK, the paintwork was found to have suffered from the Californian sun so a re-paint was carried out to the high standard in evidence today. On strip down, the 356 was found to be remarkably free from corrosion as one would expect from a Southern Californian car and the boot, doors, bonnet and A-posts were found to have matching chassis numbers stamped on them. On a recent test, the 356C started easily and demonstrated excellent acceleration with a large amount of torque whilst sounding wonderful. The car pulled to a stop with ease and the instruments recorded as they should.
A letter from Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited and a Certificate of Authenticity confirm that this is a genuine 1964 356C Coupé. Presented in silver with grey stripes and complemented by a genuine set of 1971 Fuchs wheels, this 356C not only looks fabulous but also has the drive to match.