Introduced in 1963 the final version of the 356 family, the 356C is probably the best driving version of this charismatic line. The 356C had all round disc brakes and a new steering gear to replace the old Beetle set-up used on previous 356's. Available in a variety of body styles and with engines ranging from the 75bhp 1600S to the 95bhp 1600SC.
Built from 1963-1965 until replaced by the new generation 911, over 16,600 356C's were produced in total making this a true classic Porsche.
While the 356 changed over time with various mechanical refinements, the basic shape remained the same and was instantly recognizable year to year. Coupe and cabriolet models were produced every year up to 1965, with the last 356B Roadster built in early 1963. The final model, the 356C, featured disc brakes and two engine options, the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche ever produced: the 95 hp "SC" as well as the standard "C" at 75 hp. 356 production peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, the year that the new 911 model went on the market, although the company continued to sell the 356C in North America through the end of 1965 as a lower-cost vehicle (the late Janis Joplin had a 356C cabriolet which was psychedelically painted).
In 2004, Sports Car International named the 356C number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. Today the Porsche 356 is a well regarded collector car that has stood the test of time. Worldwide, thousands of 356 owners maintain the tradition, preserving their cars and driving them regularly.