Lot 251 - 1965 Porsche 356C

Lot 251 - 1965 Porsche 356C

Lot 251 - 1965 Porsche 356C

Lot Number 251
Registration LMM 327C
Chassis Number 131537
Engine Number 603659
Odometer reading 922 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £44,000
Result Sold - £55,468
  • Two owners from new
  • Well maintained example

Introduced in 1948, the Porsche 356 set a new standard for small sports cars and proved adaptable to all forms of motor sport including circuit racing and rallying. In 1951, a works car finished first in the 1100cc class at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe. Porsche subcontracted the cabriolet body construction to several different coachbuilders, the car presented here being the work of its close neighbour and collaborator, Reutter. Development saw the 356's original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15", down from 16", wheels. Launched in September 1959, the 356B represented significant advances in driveability and comfort over earlier 356 models and is a pleasingly quick way to enjoy the traditional Porsche values of quality, reliability and mechanical robustness.

This attractive Porsche was supplied by franchised dealer AFN Porsche of Isleworth in 1965. DVLA records show that the car has had only 2 owners in its 57 year history. The vendor has had this 356 in his possession since September 2003. During his tenure this enthusiast owner has maintained this Porsche well, with the files for the car containing various bills and receipts from Porsche specialists. This right hand drive example started on request and ran smoothly on a recent inspection. Also present is a Porsche certificate of authenticity and a V5 registration document. At some point in its history the colour of this 356 was changed from blue to the silver we see here today. We are also informed that the original engine has been replaced with a 75bhp version. This desirable example is offered to auction with a realistic estimate and should be considered an enjoyable investment opportunity.

 

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