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Lot 276: Porsche 356SC

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Introduced in 1948, the 356 was Porsche's first production car. Available in either coupé or open sports versions, the 356 was a lightweight rear engined, rear wheel drive sports car with fine handling characteristics. Production continued until 1965. It became a popular car for converting for racing and rallying and enjoyed much success through the years in many famous racing events. Offered today is this very special Porsche 356 SC. This thoroughbred has been fully prepared for historic racing but could just as easily be used for classic rallying or fast road use; it's even docile enough to take to the shops. As a Porsche 356 SC, it is the top of the range model in the 356's final incarnation; with disc brakes all round and (originally) the 95bhp version of the 1600 cc push-rod engine. Imported from Texas in 1991, the car was purchased by the previous owner in 1997 as the basis for a historic racer. Over the next four years it was transformed to compete in the HSCC competition (Historic Road Sports Class D) events. The total expenditure added up to over £20,000 and included brakes, steering and suspension set up, full roll cage, plumbed in fire extinguisher, racing harnesses and preparation for racing by Sigma Engineering - detailed records of all these works are contained within the history file. A full race engine was built by the renowned Porsche specialist, Andy Prill, at a cost of £7400 and the build was based around an original 1600 Porsche engine block. The engine is believed to produce between 115 - 120 bhp and still retains the flexibility required for road use. A detailed engine specification is available within the history file. Further works include; a conversion to 12 volt electrics, lightweight aluminium foam filled fuel tank, a dual circuit brake system and a set of 6x15 factory Fuchs alloy wheels (original wheels are available with the car). The car has been raced, as shown by the scrutineering stickers on the roll cage and the HSCC papers; and has also been used on the road. Today, the car is structurally in excellent condition and the coachwork looks very attractive with only a few minor blemishes. The interior is tidy and comfortable for this type of car with a set of replica Porsche 911 Cobra seats fitted. The engine is a fuss free starter and remarkably tractable, yet it revs easily to 6800 rpm. Add in the positive, precise gear change and the superb steering and the result is a real driver's car. The old MoT certificates indicate a total of approximately 1400 miles since completion of the major works. The owner who commissioned these works sadly passed away, and the last MoT issued was in June 2006 since when the car has remained in dry storage. The 356 has recently been re-commissioned by a Porsche specialist, including a rolling road tune and we have just been advised that it now has a fresh MoT certificate. With the UK taxes paid and being UK registered, this is a rare opportunity to own a 356 to this specification; it may be a long time before another example comes along.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number276
Estimate£35000-£45000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£38080
Year1964
Condition rating
Registration numberBDV 288B
Mileage-
Chassis number218738
Engine number812399
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2