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.
While I seldom remove the top on my convertible to enjoy some open top motoring I do occasionally yearn for those days. My favorite time of year for doing so has always been in the Fall. Living in one of the more humid parts of the country, Fall weather brings with it a welcome crispness and obviously the array of colors on display just above you in the trees makes even the dullest of roads much more enjoyable. Combine a good road with that crisp air and the fall colors and you have some of the best driving you can find.
The only way to really increase the greatness of that natural beauty is to enjoy it in a car that is equally as beautiful. Here we see just that: a Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, located in New York, with Tan interior and a stated 21,804 miles on it. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab the keys and head out to the mountains for some driving.
I’ll admit this is somewhat of a rare feature for me. I don’t usually go for Porsches that present in this sort of condition unless it is some exceedingly rare model or color. This one is neither of those things. It does have some rare options though, most interesting to me the large tartan suitcase. I realize that’s neither the most exciting nor sporting option we could come across, but what could be more vintage than a tartan suitcase fitted to a Porsche 356? However, there is a problem: I don’t know if that suitcase comes with the car. It isn’t pictured, even though the seller explicitly mentions it as an interesting aspect of this 356C. That seems peculiar to me. None the less it’s a cool sort of thing to come with the car and even if this 356 isn’t in great shape, an example in such original condition is itself a rarity.
Model: 356C 1600 SC
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 63,026 mi
Price: $66,995 But It Now
1964 Porsche 356SC Reutter Coupe with solid factory floors, numbers-matching engine and transmission, excellent body gaps, and rare Large Tartan Suitcase option. Excellent factory color combination: Signal Red 6407 with Grey interior. Garaged and rarely driven, a very original and unmolested example. Many rare factory options, COA included. Runs and drives nicely.
So we’re kind of staking a lot on the originality of the condition of this 356. It is rare that I see one of these that hasn’t undergone a full restoration. However, the interior, especially the seats and carpets, can’t possibly be fully original based on the rest of the car. How could they remain in this condition while other aspects of the interior seem well worn?…
I am always curious about Porsche colors I haven’t seen before and very much enjoy featuring them. This one comes with a caveat: per the CoA we know this 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Karmann Coupe did not come from the factory in this color. Nor was its interior this color. Originally it was Light Ivory over Red, which I suspect was a pretty striking combination in itself. But I digress, we aren’t told what the colors it wears now are, only that the exterior is green and the interior is tan. Though the interior almost looks yellow I’m going to assume that’s a result of its contrast with the green trim and that it is indeed a tan interior. It’s a light tan, but tan nonetheless. For the exterior, I have no idea what color it is. Any guesses?
Model: 356C 1600 SC
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi since restoration
Price: $129,885 Buy It Now
We at Private Collection Motors are pleased to offer our beautiful 1965 Porsche 356 SC to the market. Starts at the touch of the key every time, a specimen that has clearly been lovingly owned and cared for, in far better condition than average, a joy to display and own.
Difficult to find many in better condition. naturally sold with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Still not perfect, as no non new item would be, but leaves onlookers with a smile and admiration.
Any shipping fees will buyers responsibility and you can select your own carrier and pay them directly.
In line with normal ebay practices please note that all inspections are to be made prior to auction close, …………….. Prior to auction close multiple inspections by the same person are no problem, you can come back as many times as you like, bring friends, cousins, mechanics, brothers, sisters, neighbor or spouses all welcome !
It’s the holidays, a time for dreaming and wish fulfillment, and a time when we look for those items that we know we really can’t afford.
But maybe we just look at them anyway, momentarily morphing into Clark Griswold spending his Christmas bonus he hasn’t yet gotten.
It’s the time of year to root through the inventory at places like Canepa just to see what sort of interesting and rare cars might catch our notice. Probably my favorite color combination on the Porsche 356 is Slate Gray over Red. It’s a great combination on any Porsche, but for whatever reason I find it particularly stunning on the 356. In part that may be due to Slate Gray being specifically from that vintage, but there still seems something more. Regardless of the reason I love coming across a nice one. Canepa being Canepa they not only had 1 Slate Gray over Red example, but 2! Rather than go for the full insanity of the 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet they have on offer, I thought I’d keep things a little more attainable with this 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe. Unlike most 356C Coupes, which feature a 1.6 liter inline-4 producing 95 hp, this one has a built Willhoit 2132 cc engine said to put out 145 hp, bringing it nearly in line with the power from the Carrera 2 itself.
Anyone who is a frequent reader will know that I love new and interesting colors. It’s one of the aspects of any car that is most likely to attract me to it and make we want to investigate it further. I’m certainly not alone in this as color represents anyone’s most immediate apprehension of a vehicle, but I find it especially important and even find myself giving significant attention to colors I don’t even necessarily like! What does this have to do with this 1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet? 1) It’s beautiful, as most any 356 Cabriolet is. 2) Until now I’ve never come across this color. It’s Champagne Yellow, a color Porsche only made available in the ’60s, and as the name suggests it’s a very light version of yellow with hints of gold. It looks great on this vintage 356!
This just feels like a Sunday car. Porsche’s 356 has the sort of vintage style and charm that makes for enjoyable cruising and certainly would serve as a capable machine for relaxed oceanside or mountain driving. Would those drives necessarily be spirited? Perhaps not, but then you may be better suited to something outside of the vintage car world to meet those purposes. This particular 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe sits in an excellent Bali Blue over Red color combination and as one of the later 356 productions is about as modern as one of these Coupes might come.
Porsche’s 356 isn’t always the most popular car we feature. Cars of this vintage naturally have a more limited audience given their high prices and much lower performance. As such, your money is buying a very different thing and in most cases these only find their way into collections. But I remain quite attracted to them, even if I too must admit that a 356 would probably be a decent way down the list of cars to actually purchase. They’re beautiful in the way only vintage cars tend to be and it can be easy to get lost in the details. The example here comes from very near the end of 356 production: a Ruby Red 1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe, located in Texas, that still wears its original paint and sits with 67,150 miles on it.
I’m going to step back from the world of ultimate performance 911s to bask in the beauty of a vintage Porsche. While there certainly existed performance variants of the 356 back in its day, by modern standards performance is very much beside the point when having a look at one of these cars. They’re very lightweight – I was struck by just how small a 911T appeared relative to the cars around it when I encountered one on the street this past weekend – and there is very little separating driver from machine to dull communication between them, but fewer than 100 horses is just that and modern suspension engineering is another world entirely. Yet, when I see a 356, which I think has only happened twice that I can remember, I’m just as struck by how different they look and how elegant they can be. Many vintage automobiles possess a similar stature and it is the nostalgia for these designs that drives many to seek them out. The example here isn’t entirely original – it’s engine is a period correct unit from the 912 – but it comes in an extremely subtle, but still very pretty, Dolphin Grey and comes from very near the end of 356 production. Here we have a 1964 Porsche 356C SC Karmann Coupe, located in California, with what sounds like around 120K miles on it (the seller assumes the odometer has turned over, but doesn’t have verification).
At times I am almost disappointed when I come across what is an otherwise very nice vintage Porsche that is not in one of the vintage colors. We come across many of these colors so rarely that I guess it feels like a missed opportunity. There are no such problems here as this 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe, located in Colorado, comes in the always alluring shade of Irish Green. Irish Green was made available during the mid-’60s and -’70s and while you still can get it as a special order color it has for the most part disappeared. This seems to be the case with many shades of Green, presumably as automakers move towards metallic paints for these sorts of colors. But these non-metallic greens have a great brightness to them, which is made all the better on the 356 by its stretching into the interior to cover the gauge and radio surrounds. It really creates a nice contrast with the color of the carpets and seats, even if tan tends to work somewhat better than the black interior we see here. Still it’s a wonderful vintage color on a wonderful vintage Porsche.