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…
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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.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe at Canepa
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!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet on Excellence Magazine
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).
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Porsche 356C SC Karmann Coupe on eBay
Vintages Porsches always have a more limited appeal unless they are a particularly rare model, in which case the limitations become financial. The 356 does have its share of fans, but with the 911 remaining ever popular it tends to garner much of the attention. That is to be expected given the sheer iconic stature the 911 has developed over its 50 years of production, but I remain strangely attracted to the 356. They’re attractive cars that easily show their foundation as the 911’s predecessor. So even if they’ve be relegated behind the 911, the 356 remains the 911’s roots and for that it deserves plenty of appreciation. The example here comes from near the end of 356 production: a Silver 1964 Porsche 356SC, located in Maryland, with a magnificent Red interior and a reported 58,645 miles on it.