With the new 911 just over the horizon, Porsche released the final incarnation of the still popular 356 in July 1963 and the arrival of the 356C saw Dr Ferdinand Porsche’s design mature into a sophisticated and civilized sports car. Changes were largely confined to technical improvements, most notably the adoption of ATE disc brakes all round, along with 15-inch rims and beefed up synchros on the four-speed gearbox. The handling was further refined with the adoption of a thicker front anti-roll bar and softer torsion bars at the rear, while the steering box was a new ZF item. The 356C was sold with two pushrod motors: the 75 horsepower ‘C’ or the 95 horsepower ‘SC’ - the latter’s output boosted by twin Solex PJJ-4 carburettors, alloy pistons and a higher 9.5:1 compression ratio. Sold in either coupé or cabriolet guises, the only external giveaway to the so-called ‘T6’ bodywork (shared with the 356B) was a new flatter hubcap design, while inside more supportive seats, armrests on the doors and other details made the Porsche’s cabin more comfortable. Contemporary road tests praised the 356C’s superb engineering, refinement and handling - noted writer Ken Purdy stated that the Porsche “… delivers more sheer sensual pleasure than anything else on wheels” while Car & Driver said “there’s nothing like it at any price.” The 356C remained in production alongside the new 911 for several months, the final example rolling off the production line on April 28, 1965 - bringing an important chapter in Zuffenhausen’s history to a close. As the last of the line, the 356C was the most thoroughly developed, practical and reliable 356 ever made and, like all good Porsches, they remain eminently useable classic today. Best of all, the ‘C’ is the one of the most affordable 356 variants, offering tremendous value for money compared with earlier models.
Lovely example of Porsche’s desirable 356SC
Professionally restored in striking period colour
Fresh cosmetics, converted to RHD
Delivered on October 15, 1963 via the Hamburg Porsche dealer to an American Air Force pilot who later took the car home to California, this stunning Porsche 356 is the more desirable SC model featuring the upgraded 616/16 engine and was finished in the unusual colour combination of Pastel Blue (paint code 5012) with grey leatherette upholstery. Arriving in Australia some years ago as a virtually rust-free California car, the Porsche was treated to a ground-up restoration by Mark Poole Motorsports (now RSR Sports Cars) of Adelaide, including conversion to right-hand drive. Completed by early 2006, the no expense spared restoration saw the car repainted in the original colour but with the interior trimmed in contrasting red leather. The rebuilt engine number is correct for the car and now runs 40mm Webers in place of the twin Solex carbs. Little used over the next five years, the Porsche nonetheless was a regular fixture at club events and won a number of trophies and awards. The current Sydney based owner purchased the 356SC eight years ago and always had it maintained by marque specialists, firstly Steve Morton Automotive and more recently by Autohaus Hamilton. Featuring a desirable Nardi wood-spoked steering wheel (the original is included in the sale) and period Becker Europa radio, the car still presents beautifully throughout and is one of the nicest 356s Shannons has ever offered for sale, driving as well as it looks. The Porsche will be sold registered in NSW until May 2020 (the plates 356-SKY will be included if sold to a local buyer) and comes with spare keys, a driver’s manual and trickle charger.
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