About This 1964 Porsche 356
Posted: 15 Sep 2005
Best of Show: 1964 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet!
Porsche's immortal 356 models need no lengthy introduction. In 1950, the first 'body bumper' 356 initiated the Porsche legend; fifteen years later--after pre-A, A, B, and C series cars, the latter finally equipped with disc brakes--a most significant chapter in Porsche history ended with the last 356SC coming off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
It was a tragedy for Porsche aficionados and traditionalists alike, really, for the 95-hp 356SC was regarded as the perfect Porsche. It combined the beloved, aerodynamic and sexy 1950s-style looks with 4-wheel ATE disc brakes, a powerful, highly developed pushrod engine and utmost reliability; permitting the use of this race-proven sports car on a daily basis without concerns regarding distance or destination.
No wonder, then, that 356SCs demand a healthy premium over regular Cs. The undisputed crown jewel would be a 356SC Cabriolet: few were built, even fewer survived. A matching numbers example, featuring its original engine, definitely is rarer than hens' teeth! The SC Cab is the final and most desirable incarnation of a legend on wheels; it is the car that posesses a very special appeal: the immense demand among Porsche aficionados for top-notch, no-stories examples confirms this statement.
Naturally--and this applies exponentially to cars with increased desirability--many of these vulnerable rarities have been brought back from the dead, after most dramatic cancer (rust) surgery and/or accident damage of various degrees. Nobody in one's right state of mind should buy such a car. You've heard it before and there's a deep truth behind it: buy the best car you can afford. If you cannot afford a healthy SC, please go and buy a healthy C or even B, and save yourself a lot of headaches and disappointments in the long run.
If you, however, are determined to buy what many Porsche enthusiasts dream about, a legitimate 356SC Cabriolet, you might consider the example for auction here. Showing a mere 387 miles on its odometer since a comprehensive restoration, it is, beyond a reasonable doubt, the finest restored example you ever could hope to find, in this country and beyond.
Its irrefutable provenance, confirmed by the Porsche factory in Germany via the enclosed Certificate of Authenticity, starts on May 4, 1964, when this 356SC--VIN *160181*--was built in Zuffenhausen.
Note that the engine number and color code are still Kardex matching.
Tool kit, photographic restoration records, Owner's Manual, and original keys: this SC comes with all the little goodies that separate the humbly pedestrian from the extraordinary.
Fitted with a full tan Autos International leather interior, the luxury begins whenyou open this SC's doors.
The large, wood-rimmed factory wheel with full horn ring dominates the cockpit. Brand new sun visors, correct rubber floor mats, tan, German Haargarn carpeting with matching binding, gleaming chrome bezels on gauges that were expertly restored by the specialists at North Hollywood Speedometer . . . this car has it all.
Note original fog light switch and loudspeaker grilles.
Correct BLAUPUNKT Frankfurt AM/FM radio still receives via the red tip antenna and sends the good vibrations through dual original speakers. (Splotchy loking areas are just reflections from the camera lens; the painted dash is superbly smooth and uniformly glossy!)
Flawlessly upholstered seats cradle driver and passenger in the ultimate comfort of aromatic German leather. Seats were completely rebuilt, with new chrome and correct horsehair stuffing, making long road trips in this SC a most pleasurable experience.
Rear passenger compartment looks equally stunning, has received the same attention to detail and even includes the seldom-seen leather luggage straps.
German Sonnenland canvas soft top fits perfectly, without any wrinkles. The rear window is crystal clear. To get the intricate top padding exactly right is not an easy job, even for an experienced upholsterer; this particular top has been masterfully installed.
Matching tan canvas tonneau cover fits perfectly, too.
This showroom-quality 356SC is a sure-fire winner, be it at a Concours d'Elegance, a Porsche Club Meet, or a Classic Car Rallye. It runs and drives exactly the way it looks: perfect!
'Bali Blue' (factory code# 6412) finish seems to be a mile deep; there are no flaws to note anywhere. The chrome is glistening, the alloy Speedster side trim and optional chrome road wheels adding pizzaz. Glass and rubber weatherstripping are perfect. The period MARCHAL Virages Brouillard fog lights are another highlight. For added safety, a matching passenger side rearview mirror has been fitted.
The trunk is as clean as can be, might look better than new. Matching, chrome spare rim with leather strap, original tire jack, car cover, bra: everything you need to protect and pamper this fabulous Porsche is included.
Close-up of the complete tool kit. Check out the Porsche logo on the oil rag!
Battery box shows Pebble Beach quality . . .
. . . as does the undercarriage. They don't make 'em like this anymore! Quite obviously, there is not an ounce of corrosion to be found, anywhere.
The numbers matching (see CoA further above) engine looks factory fresh. Thankfully, the restorer chose to use an authentic finish, not the over-the-top, incorrect cadmium plating and chroming preferred by some. There is no smoke, no annoying oil leaks, just a 'like new' performance all the way.
A very tasteful-and expensive--addition: the GT Carrera rear skirt.
Chrome wheels with brand new Premium Touring Nitto radial tires of the dimension P195/60R15 all around.
Matching numbers 356SC Cabriolets are among the most desirable, hardest-to-find collector cars right now. This one is beautiful almost beyond description. It needs nothing but a happy new owner.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: blue
Interior Color: tan
Miles Driven: 387
Source: Laguna Classics
Laguna Niguel, California, U.S.A.Portfolio
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