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Bali Blue | Cabriolet | 4 Speed Manual | 1.6 litre | 39,149 miles showing | SOLD
Penned by Erwin Komenda, famous for also designing the Auto-Union Grand Prix racer, the Porsche Type 356 was first introduced in 1948 and is today regarded as one of the most pure, purpose built sports cars ever designed.
Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined aluminium-bodied coupe powered by the VW-derived 46hp, air-cooled flat four to a seriously lively autobahn burner carrying an advanced, two-litre four-cam boxer Carrera engine producing 130 horsepower.
The 356’s final incarnation came with the Type 6 in 1963. Designated the 356 C, it had all-new ZF steering and a compensating spring at the rear, the latter calming swing axle suspension for high speed stability.
Four-wheel disc brakes formed a major part of the revision, a 12-volt electrical system became available and new styling saw a larger rear window, beautifully re-designed horn-ring steering-wheel and twin rear grills.
By far and away, the most beautiful and exclusive Porsche body style of the era was the cabriolet. With curvaceous proportions and not a straight line in site and performance and luxury to match, the 356 C cabriolet is perfect for threading winding weekend roads.
We’re proud to offer this stunning numbers matching Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, which corresponding with its certificate of authenticity was originally sold new in Germany in February of 1965.
Finished in stunning Bali Blue over Tan Leatherette and Blue folding soft-top, in 2012 this car was subjected to a sympathetic cosmetic restoration that included a bare-metal re-spray and masterfully detailed re-trim of the entire interior.
In the same year, the car was also entrusted to classic Porsche specialists based to refresh the mechanicals. Works included rebuilding the carburettors to original specification, an electronic distributor was installed as well new engine mounts.
Artfully finished, the interior offers a classically styled modern radio from RetroSound with Bluetooth capability, the original deep dish and ultra-light-weight steering wheel is still present, the new and correct coco-mat carpets are neatly fitted and the leatherette upholstery from the seats to the ‘Schlummerollen’ or head-rests and door panelling has also been painstakingly well fitted.
Under the bonnet presents in the same smart fashion, from the correct decals to the tidy wiring and crinkle finish heat shield this 356 C has been well prepared.
The condition outside is also stellar. The paintwork has a brilliant depth of finish offset well by flashes of chrome across the luggage rack, crested hub-caps and the overriders and the soft-top fits to factory specifications. The road presence of this classic sports car is unrivalled.
Forever attached to immortal names like James Dean, Steve McQueen and Janis Joplin, the Porsche Type 356 will always command a certain cachet.
As the classic car market moves from strength to strength internationally, it’s hard to find cars like this that lead the charge. Full of character, masterfully re-built and intoxicating to drive this Porsche 356 C Cabriolet the best car to buy if you want to get the last, best equipped pre-911 Porsche.