I want to take a break from high performance to turn back the clock for a minute. While the rush of acceleration and the feel of ultimate grip through the corners drives much of the enthusiast’s desire, the raw mechanical nature and simplicity of vintage motoring can work to similar effect. It’s a different feel, but the joy of driving remains.
If you happen to be in the market for a driver-quality 356 I think this one has promise. We see examples of the 356 like this from time to time though typically, because of the model’s very old age, most tend to fall into the categories of fully restored (and quite expensive) or in need of such work and not looking terribly sharp.
This Irish Green 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe appears to be neither of those things. It looks pretty good and while there certainly is wear evident none of it looks to seriously detract from the car. Its current condition is the result of “mechanical and cosmetic refreshening”, it just so happens that occurred more than twenty years ago. So you kind of get the same result, but with less immediate cost.
A couple of weeks back I posted a Champagne Yellow 1969 911E that looked reasonably good, but definitely was in need of some work. The exterior color was a bit muted and didn’t really hint at the way it can shine. That problem is entirely solved on this 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe, located in New York, with Dark Green leatherette interior and a little over 61K miles on it.
This 356 has been fully restored and provides a clue as to how we could expect that 911E to look (at least on the outside) were it too to undergo a restoration. The paint shows much brighter and deeper, though it’s still a softer yellow rather than one of the very bright yellows in the Porsche catalog. The dark green interior makes for a very interesting contrast. Not only would I not normally consider green as an interior color, but I’m not sure I’d ever think to pair it with a yellow exterior. It makes for a lively combination though, which we can really see in the interior where the two colors come together along the dash. It’s definitely unusual, but also quite pretty.
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? So I am assuming the seats have been redone, though the ad does not state that as the case. That leaves me in an odd place. Obviously, this 356 needs to be repainted and the interior doors don’t look in great shape. The asking price isn’t too bad given all of these things, but ultimately I need to know more about the history. How did it get to what we see now and what is the situation with these interesting options? The original coco floor mats also seem to have gone missing. With those questions answered I think we could move forward. There are decent possibilities here, especially if the mechanical condition is good, as the ad suggests. But the aesthetic elements aren’t there yet and there’s uncertainty about the options. Maybe I really just want to know the tartan suitcase comes with the car.