1964 Porsche 356 RoadsterSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €65,000-75,000

Sold: €77,948

There are numerous reasons why the 356 series came into being, and also why Porsche became a major sports car manufacturer; the main one is that Professor Porsche was very impressed with what Piero Dusio was doing with uprated Fiat parts in the construction of his Cisitalias. These were excellent little sports and racing cars and Dr. Porsche wondered if he could do the same with Volkswagen parts. The first 356 was sold in July 1948, and production continued right through to 1965 in various guises and with numerous engines.
As the company's first production model, the Porsche 356 set a new standard for small sports cars and gained its laurels in all manner of circuit racing and rallying.

In October 1955 the 356A model was introduced; numerous innovations came with this new car based upon the experiences of the initial 356 series. The engine, suspension and transmission were all updated resulting in a far superior car. Three body styles were offered, all built by Reutter in Stuttgart: the coupe, the Speedster, and the example offered today, the cabriolet. Five engine options were available: 1300, 1300S, 1600, 1600S and 1500 GS. By the time the C model was introduced, Porsche themselves had taken over Reutter. As the Reutter factory was fully immersed in producing the new 912 and 911 bodies, production of the C models was left to coachbuilders Karmann in Osnabrueck.

On sale here is the Porsche SC fitted with the desirable SC engine. Despite having the same 1.6 Litre displacement as its lesser C brethren, the SC utilised light alloy cylinder barrels with iron liners and producing some eager 95 bhp as opposed to just 75 bhp of the C engines.

This delightful 1964 Cabriolet was imported to the UK in 1993 when it has undergone a comprehensive restoration by renowned Porsche specialists. Among the works carried out was a high quality respray in silver; the interior was retrimmed to a very high standard in contrasting black leather. Recently the car featured in an article in the GT Purely Porsche magazine. It comes with the English V5 registration document and a current MOT certificate which expires in August 2007. It will be difficult to purchase a better example of this iconic Porsche with the power to match its looks.

Reference Number 5510

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1964 Porsche 356 Roadster
VIN 161098