1965 Porsche 356 C Reutter CabrioletSOLD

1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet. Numbers Matching. California Car. Great history going back over 40-years. $80k of Recent Services

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Reference Number 394311

as of 2/17/2016

Car 1965 Porsche 356 C Reutter Cabriolet
VIN 161472 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green Smyrna Green /      Black Black Leather 
Registration California 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 107,900 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

1965 Porsche 356C Reutter Cabriolet

Numbers Matching California Car

Stock #0705


VIN # 161472

Engine# 716323

Transmission# 84222 (741/2C)

107,900 Original Miles

Less Than 4,000 Miles Since Restoration

Smyrna Green (6210) on Black Leather (B)

Original Color Signal Red (6407) Complete color change when car was near new

Clean and Clear California Title

Numbers Matching

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

PCA Member Owned

4-Documented Owners from New

California Black License Plates (restored)

40-Years of Records


By the end of 1964, Porsche was moving full steam ahead on their new 900 series (911) sports car. The 356 production was winding down. In 1965, they only built a handful of cabriolets worldwide. However, these final iterations are considered some of the most best driving ones built. With the upgrade of disc brakes, sway bars and a 75hp 1600cc motor, they are extremely driver friendly.


This Porsche 356 was built on December 2nd, 1964. It was ordered with the following factory options:


Trim Strips

Tinted Windshield

Chrome Wheel Caps with Crest (all correct date stamped 1964)

Black Leather


In addition, tasteful period-correct additions were added:


Euro Headlights

VDM Wood Steering Wheel with Deluxe Horn Ring

Correct AM/FM/SW Blaupunkt Radio

GT Bucket Seats Finished in Leather by Autos Intl. (available for an additional fee)

Includes tilting frames (see pics)


The first owner lived in Lemore, CA and kept the car until 1985. Shortly after he purchased the car, he decided to change the color to match his other 356. A complete and correct period color change was performed using factory paint. There is no evidence of the original color. This owner used it as a daily driver for the first 15-years and racked up about 80,000 miles. Then it became a weekend car.


The second owner lived in La Cañada, CA and kept the car until 1992. He didn’t drive it much, however he did service it regularly.


The third owner lived in Salt Lake City, UT and kept the car until he sold it to the current owner in 2011. Although he only put about 6,000 miles on the car over his 15-year ownership, he began to clean up the car and did some significant work. In 2010, this owner had the engine rebuilt which included the following: rebuilt cylinder heads, reground camshaft, polished crankshaft, replacing piston rings, replacing main bearings, rebuilt carburetors, and replaced most gaskets. Furthermore, he also replaced the soft top as well as restoring the top frame and wood bow. The carpet was also replaced at the same time. Autos Intl supplied all the interior parts. Fresh Koni shocks were installed less than 10,000 miles ago. Also, this owner converted the car to a 12-volt system.


The current owner is the 4th owner and purchased the car in 2011. He lives here in Orange County. He used the car for showing and light weekend cruising. He entered it twice in the Newport Beach Concours and placed 2nd (see pic). He also showed it at the 356 Annual Dana Point show. Shortly after purchasing the car, he took it to Willhoit Restorations (one of the most respected Porsche 356 restorers in the country) to help bring the car to the next level. He invested nearly $27,000 on the following services, repairs, and corrections:


Euro taillight lenses

Full service including oil change/valve adjustment/fuel filter

Correct vent window parts to convert to T6 on DS

Correct new rubber seals

Replaced sun visors and wipers to correct ones

Clutch cable

Shifter coupler, cup, and rod bushings

17.5mm sway bar kit

Axle boots

Lap belts

Repair inner and outer frame struts as well as front toe board area

Dual circuit brake kit

Tie rod ends

Repair, adjust, and paint steering column as well as restore steering box


These are just highlights of what was done…there was a considerable list of minor fixes/repairs. Basically, Willhoit made the car safe and roadworthy as well as making the car more correct.


Unfortunately, a year later, the owner had a minor traffic incident. He used this opportunity to further correct issues with the body/underside. After another $50,000, the damage was properly repaired. At this time, some issues due to age and prior/older restoration efforts were found. Therefore, OEM parts that were damaged or needed repair were either replaced with factory original parts or repaired. In the few cases reproduction trim was found, better quality replacement parts were installed and noted. They also addressed some rust issues on the bottom of the car at this time.


In total, the current owner invested nearly $77,000 alone with Willhoit Restoration making this a safe, more correct, and wonderful driving 356.


Everything inside and out on this Porsche looks very nice. All the gauges including the clock and radio operate properly. The brakes and tires are fresh with 50-75% life remaining. There is a small scratch on the rear plastic window (see photo) and a blemish by the passenger jack point (see photo). Willhoit noted that there was some filler on the body. They corrected some of it, but did not take the car down to the bare metal. Regardless, the paint is very presentable and the panel fit is equally nice. This is a very solid level 2 high level driver quality car. It would be very presentable at your local PCA concours or Cars & Coffee.


This 356 drives fantastic. It starts easily and the power is very smooth with no hesitation. Shifting between gears is easy with no grinding or noises. The brakes are very responsive with no pulls and the steering is very light and precise. I could not find any flaws in the car’s driving manners. Everything feels very tight and solid. This would be a wonderful example for vintage touring as well.


Included with this Porsche 356 are many extra keys, owner’s manual, most records (dating back to mid 1970’s) full cockpit toneau cover, soft top boot/cover with vinyl case, car cover, correct date stamped spare tire, tool kit, and jack.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com


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This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.