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Lot 215: 1964 Porsche 356 C Coupe

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

In 1949 Ferry Porsche began production of his first commercially available car, known as the 356, with a lightweight and aerodynamic body by Reutter Karosserie and rear-mounted flat four engine. The layout of the car consisted of a unitary construction body / chassis of pressed steel and full independent suspension with rear swing axles and front trailing arms. A continuous development programme saw the introduction of new features, culminating in a 1500 engine, with magnesium crank cases and a Hirth roller bearing crank, the ultimate version being known as the Super. The car was extensively raced with great success in such famous races as the Mille Miglia, where it won its class first time out, and the Le Mans 24 hour. Further success was achieved in North American races, but perhaps most well known are its exploits in the gruelling Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico. It is with deference to this models achievements here that all subsequent Porsche Carreras are named. This 356 C Coupe is the ultimate development of the model, fitted with disc brakes replacing the earlier drums. The C had many other improvements developed by Porsches continual racing programme. This very rare right hand drive model, produced in 1964, is amongst the last of the 356's to be produced. If this was not enough, this beautifully presented model has been the subject of a recent and most comprehensive restoration by marque specialists. The body work alone receiving a bare metal respray totalling some 9,000. Finished in gleaming Porsche silver the interior has been correctly trimmed and the seats covered in Blue leather. In addition the engine has been completely rebuilt by 356 guru Barry Curtis to 95hp receiving his trade mark twin oil coolers. In all, the bills for this car total a staggering 46,000 worth of expenditure and the result is plain to see, this is a craking little car which drives every bit as good as it looks. In fact during the recent Porsche Festival at Brands Hatch the two 356's catalogued here today received more admiring glances and enquiries than any other car on the Coys stand. Offered with the restoration bills and receipts and photos of the rebuild the car is also discreetly fitted with upgraded hi-fi speakers and CD player.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number215
Estimate£30000-£35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£35287
Year1964
Condition rating0
Registration number119 NHO
Mileage-
Chassis number129840
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