SOLD 06/09

1965 Porsche
356SC Sunroof Coupe

Restored, Rebuilt, Show Quality SC Sunroof Coupe

  • VIN221666
  • Exterior ColorBlack
  • Interior ColorLight Brown Leatherette
  • Mileage9304 Miles
  • Engine1600 cc 4-Cyl
  • Engine no.813618
  • Transmission4-Speed
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ794


1965 Porsche 356 SC Sunroof Coupe
s/n 221666, Engine no. 813618
Black with Brown Leatherette

Ferdinand Porsche`s first roadgoing model bearing his own name was the 356. Introduced in 1948, it underwent continuous development during the production run, which finally ended in 1965. By production’s end, the car had come a long way. Engine output over doubled, from 40hp at introduction to just shy of 100hp in the last examples. The ultimate development from these years was the 356 C, which represented huge advances over earlier models, including the adoption of disc brakes. They were available in several configurations as both coupes and cabriolets, and with several motors. Aside from cars fitted the rare and extremely complicated four-cam racing motors, the SC the top of the range in terms of performance, with its more sporting suspension and more powerful motor.

This particular car is perhaps the ultimate specification and configuration example for the discerning collector. It is very well-optioned, immaculately restored, and superbly documented, in addition to being a long time California car. It is also a matching numbers (engine and transmission) car that remains in its original color combination. The car has proven show successes, including five successive wins at the Dana Point Concours in both street concours and full concours classes. The car also achieved first place at the Ventura Porsche Fest on all four of its outings there, in addition to first at the Santa Barbara Concours d’Elegance. The options include sunroof, temperature gauge, headrests, and Becker Europa radio. The car is extremely complete as well, with owner’s manual with pouch, tools, jack, extensive service records back to the 1970’s, receipts from the restoration, and Certificate of Authenticity. The car has been in California for the better part of four decades, aside from the last three years, which it has spent in the collection of a New York-based enthusiast.

The restoration included the entire car, and was completed to the highest and very correct standards. It is well-documented, and was completed over several years, from approximately 2000 to 2003. The paintwork was approximately $20,000, while the engine and transmission were an additional $12,000. The suspension and braking systems were renewed in 2006, and the undercarriage of the car completely restored as well. The car has seen continuous upkeep and maintenance since then, including new tires 300 miles ago, and a valve adjustment and fluids change 200 miles ago.

The car is presently in impressive excellent cosmetic condition. The bodywork is exceptional, with superb fit and gaps. The paintwork is high quality, and the panels extremely straight. The chrome is very good, with only light scratching and pitting. The lights and lamps are excellent, and the car has been fitted with much improved H4 headlamps, and European amber rear lenses. The car also has Hella 128 French type yellow fog lamps. The wheels have painted color crests to the hubcaps, and the car has Dean Jeffries Kustom Karrera iron cross torsion bar covers.

The interior is in equally nice condition, with correct upholstery, floor mats, and carpets. A replica Les Leston steering wheel has been fitted, and the quality of workmanship and condition are extremely difficult to fault. A pair of three point seatbelts has been fitted, which even have correct Porsche buckles.

The trunk is also outstanding and very well detailed. The spare wheel is held down by the correct leather strap, and the heaters, bottles, fuses, and various components are all in wonderful condition. The correct plastic tray is in place. The engine is equally impressive, having been cosmetically refinished during the restoration. It is well-detailed with the correct decals and small details like the correct brown distributor cap and Knecht air cleaners.

The underside is also extremely clean and impressively detailed. The car is a pleasure to drive, with a wonderful coherent feel and excellent performance from all mechanical systems.

This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire an example of the last and best of the 356’s that is of the highest caliber. This is a genuine California SC and is a matching numbers car that as been superbly restored. It is well-documented and extremely complete, making it an ideal example for the perfection-minded 356 enthusiast.

The above vehicle information is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time it is posted to this website. Corrections or additional information is always appreciated. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge, and any emission testing charge. Vehicles are subject to prior sale. All advertised to be true but not guaranteed. We assume no liability for errors or omissions.

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Fantasy Junction  •  510-653-7555  •  1145 Park Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608