The car is said to be registered in California all of its life since and has remained with its original owner family in Modesto, California until 2014 (father handed it over to his son), and is now being sold on behalf of the second owner who brought it back to the country of production in June 2014.
A careful refurbishment was completed prior to the seller’s acquisition in February 2014, including an inspection, upholstery of front seats (nicely done in black leather) rebuild of parts of the carpet in the entry and front area. And in Jan 2021 the engine has been overhauled without any cost limitations – including new Male Pistons and Cylinders along the original 1,582cc spec. The car has just ran about 1.000 kms since then.
This 356 C is now offered with service records, a tool roll and jack, a factory service manual, a copy of a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, yellow fog lights and a clean title in the seller’s name. Photos with and from previous owner do exist as well. Seller still in contact with him.
This is an un-restored car in very original condition throughout. Both owners maintained it in its original condition. This is no trailer queen or one of these ‘better than new’ restored cars – it shows nice original patina as you would expect for a well-maintained original car. It runs strong and is a joy to drive. Everything works as it should. Colour of photos might appear better than in reality! There are signs of usage, little scratches and 50+ years patina. Also please note that original rubbers have been shrunk in some parts.
The Karman-built body is unwelded without any signs of rust or accident. It shows throughout nice gaps as it should. The car retains factory bumpers with overrides.
The undercarriage even shows the original protection material. Under the current ownership a small repair on the battery box has been carried out by a well-known metal shop also working for Porsche Classic (no usage of replacement parts: towing hook and all original ribs have been kept to remain).
Other than that, the car indicates no welding work. A Mike Sander wax conservation has been carried out as well.
Some parts of the body like the front hood show a former repaint job other parts appear to be the first paint still on the roof and bumpers hood and engine lid. Inside all first paint.
Rubber trim and seals are still original.
Engine and Trans
The numbers matching 1,582cc flat-four is equipped with its original dual Zenith 32NDIX carburetors. It is said that the car has been maintained in Cupertino by Harry Pellow – Oil sticker was found in the engine bay.
In Jan 2021 the engine has been overhauled without any cost limitations – including new Male Pistons and Cylinders along with the original 1600 ccm spec. The car has just run about 800 miles since then.
Engine stamping *715777* is shown above, and transmission number 83213 (741/2C) is pictured in the gallery below. Both numbers correspond to those shown on the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
The previous owner in California had once installed a Busher four-in-one exhaust pipe and Carrera Bumpers which reflect a piece of its history and are still installed (gallery shows exhaust with previous ownership).
Suspension, Breaks & Wheels
The suspension has also been overhauled in January 2021 without any cost limitations. A new Porsche Steering Damper has been installed. Goodies from John Wilhoit such as Rear Torsion Bar Sport Bushings and a Precision Shift Coupler (the original one is included in the sale) also have been installed next to an exchange of all the smaller bushings relevant for the suspension and 4 new Bilstein Shock Absorber.
All 4 brake Calipers will also be overhauled (not as exchange but the original ones).
All 5 Chrome 15×4.5″ steel wheels wear identical October 1964 date stamps. New Avon 175/70 tires are mounted and there is also a set of very good 165-width Vredestein Sprint Classics tires that comes with the car. All chrome hubcaps come with the car. All 4 holder pins of the tire valve also remain on the wheels (pictured in the gallery below).
The cabin interior is upholstered in black leather over dark gray carpets. Most of the carpet and rubber mats remain original. The dash panel is the original colour. Even the entry shows the original stickers you barely find anymore in restored cars.
Green VDO instrumentation includes the original 120-mph speedo, a 6k-rpm tach, a combination fuel level, and oil pressure gauge, and an analog clock. The five-digit odometer shows just over 110k miles, 15k of which were added by the current seller. The current owner has installed warn lights with a switch hidden on the lower right behind the steering wheel.
The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity displays the factory colors, options, and powertrain numbers.
Tool-kit, Jack & Service Manual
Original toolkit, jack, and a service manual are also included in the sale (see gallery below). A driving video is presented below.
Sales also include both original backplate number plates, yellow fog lights, and Grill, US Seal Beem front lights.