1964 Porsche 356SC Karmann Coupe

If you’ll pardon the somewhat cheesy introduction: I have a cold. As we all know, having a cold sucks. It drags everything down and makes everything we want to accomplish more taxing. I’ll live. But in order to feel a little better I wanted to add some vibrancy and beauty to my day. Upon such occasions I love to search for a nice early Porsche.

Such specific searching doesn’t always prove rewarding, but in this case I was not let down. Here we have a beautifully restored Ruby Red 1964 Porsche 356SC Karmann Coupe, located in Idaho, with Black interior and 89,360 miles on it. It’s said to be numbers matching and wearing its original colors. The perfect thing to lift spirits on an otherwise woeful day.

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Year: 1964
Model: 356SC
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 89,360 mi
Price: $130,000 Buy It Now

Numbers matching, specced to Certificate of Authenticity, High quality restoration, Extremely clean, fun to drive.
THE VEHICLE OFFERED

This 1964 Porsche 356SC Karmann coupe is a numbers-matching and thoroughly restored example presented in the classic and period-correct color combination of Ruby Red with black interior. The 1964-65 model years represented the final evolution of the 356 model. With that evolution came the highest specific output pushrod 4-cylinder engine ever available from Porsche. The SC engine produced 15 percent more horsepower than the standard C engine and featured a stouter counter-weighted crankshaft, short skirt pistons, a more radical camshaft configuration and large Solex carburetors. This generation of Porsche also featured 4-wheel disc brakes and the SC came with Koni shocks as standard equipment. Prior to the final two years of production, the majority of the bodies for the 356 were constructed by Reutter with the remaining coachwork subcontracted out to other Karosserie such as Karmann, D’Ieteren and Drauz. In May of 1964, Porsche purchased Reutter and retained its services for seat design and manufacturing purposes, but sent coachwork to Karmann. Hence, this body is a 356SC Karmann coupe—but not to be confused with the Karmann coupes which were of notchback design that were produced in 1961-62. This 356 coupe has undergone a recent and comprehensive restoration including a bare-shell respray in the original color, replacement of all rubber trim and the brightwork polished. The suspension, brakes and steering components each were rebuilt. The interior received a new headliner, new carpet and new seat leatherette installed. This 356 comes with a number of desirable options including a chrome horn ring, luggage straps, factory Blaupunkt radio with antenna and loudspeakers and chrome wheels and hubcaps. Also included is the driver’s manual, tool roll, jack, matching spare tire and both a factory-issued Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity.

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One of the things we all immediately noticed following the debut of our redesigned website was that the larger, and seemingly brighter, images really showed off certain cars much better than with our previous design. The 356 in general, and this one in particular, showcases that improvement very well. The Ruby Red paint pops and provides a healthy dose of brightness. The pictures really show it well.

But I want to focus on the interior because that’s the part of these cars I love the most. Everything pulls at us with a vintage classic appeal and the contrast of the painted dash really enlivens the entire cockpit. I imagine the joy of driving a 356 rarely would be restricted only to the pleasure of the drive itself. It’s certainly not modern luxury, but it still manages to convey a sense of quality and refinement. Even a relaxed drive surely would make for a weekend well spent. Is it better than the wood accents of a ’65 911? Of that I’m not sure, but each makes a compelling argument in its favor.

We aren’t told anything about this 356’s history, but it does come with some good supporting documents. I don’t know that it will all add up to enough to reach this asking price, but we’ll have an eye on it to see where things go.

-Rob

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