The restoration was performed with an emphasis on making the car look like a Carrera 2, and multiple Carrera 2 style parts were sourced for the build. A Carrera 2 rear valence was installed. A front-mounted oil cooler with oil lines installed through the passenger inner fender was also added to replicate the oil cooler that an original Carrera 2 would wear. The front horn grills were deleted and allow for added airflow to the oil cooler. The interior is nicely outfitted with a wooden Carrera 2 steering wheel and VDO rally gauges. A modified muffler was fitted with chrome tips to replicate the look of a Carrera 2 exhaust. A Carrera 2 rear badge rounds out the aesthetic.
The overall quality of this restoration is superb. The paintwork is outstanding with excellent depth and little to no imperfections of any kind. All of the exterior body panels are within factory specifications and fit beautifully. All of the car’s brightwork and chrome have either been fully restored or replaced. The interior is finished in full gray leather and is in excellent condition. Matching headrests were added and look lovely. Correct square weave carpet has been installed throughout as well as a new headliner and visors. The gauges are fully overhauled with new glass and bezels, and the added Carrera steering wheel brings warmth when climbing in for a drive.
The engine and gearbox received their respective overhauls when the car was restored. The matching-numbers engine was overhauled to stock 1600cc 356C specifications and produces about 75 horsepower.
This 356C presents a lovely opportunity for someone looking for an excellent driving and aesthetically stunning Porsche 356. The light Carrera style modifications give the car a more aggressive aesthetic, and the quality of the restoration work looks lovely from all angles. This 356 will serve its next owner with many smiles and spirited drives for years to come.