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Lot 40

2013   |   Amelia Island Auction 2013

1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $341,000

Estimate

$375,000 - $425,000

Chassis

120613

Engine

97203

Car Highlights

One of 436 Examples Built
Correct Type 587/1 Carrera Engine
Numerous Original Special Equipment Options
All-Original Matching-Number Body Panels
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex
Original Color Scheme
Recently Restored by an Experienced Carrera Enthusias
Bellwether Example of the Early Four-Cam Carrera Legend

Technical Specs

1,966 CC DOHC Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Solex 40PII-4 Downdraft Carburetors
130 BHP at 6,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Annular Disc Brakes
Independent Front and Rear Suspension
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This sensational example of the rare Carrera 2 possesses all of its original body panels and benefits from a recent factory- correct restoration of the mechanical components and exterior. According to the Kardex, this Porsche was optioned with extensive sonderausfuhrung (special equipment), including black leather upholstery, a velour-lined glove compartment, an Eberspacher auxiliary gasoline heater, Hella 128 driving lamps, Hella accessory interior lamps, Coco floor mats, an unusual outside temperature thermometer, dual loudspeakers, Talbot mirrors, armrests, and a radio. The car also features disc brakes, a VDM wood-rimmed steering wheel, and the handsomely louvered rear apron with tailpipe valances that physically differentiates the high-performance 2000 GS from the base 356 B.

In the early 1980s, this Porsche was purchased from a South Carolina-based owner by Dr. Phillip Scheinberg of Santa Barbara, California, who used the car as a daily driver for 10 years before selling it to an owner in Texas. By the late 1990s, the Carrera was owned by enthusiast Jason Kim, who in 2000 sold it to a fellow Porsche connoisseur of no small renown, Roland “Rolly” Resos. Mr. Resos is well known in the Southern California Porsche community for his decades of marque activity, including membership in the notorious R Gruppe, and a particular affinity for Carreras (including three prior Carrera restorations).

At the time, chassis no. 120613 lacked its original engine, but Mr. Resos fortunately possessed a proper 587/1 motor, engine no. 97203, which he had purchased as a free standing component in the early 1980s and entrusted to famed Porsche engine specialist Bill Doyle to rebuild. In addition to running his own Rennwagen Motor Company in Jackson, Wyoming, which specializes in the preservation and restoration of the Porsche four-cam engine, Mr. Doyle is the four-cam editor for the Porsche 356 Club magazine.

Commencing disassembly of the Carrera 2 in 2004, Mr. Resos had the matching-numbers body panels repainted in the original factory color. It is interesting to note that the unusually bright white paint, factory code 67392, was not a standard Porsche option in 1962 and must have been custom-ordered by the first buyer. Freshening the interior while retaining the original black leather, the dashboard was repainted in its original color, while the European-specification speedometer – then displaying just 70,333 km (43,677 miles) – was replaced with an American-spec gauge graded in miles.

Mr. Resos also commissioned an exacting mechanical overhaul, renewing the brakes, suspension, and chassis to showroom condition; while he chose to custom-widen a set of date-correct Porsche wheels to 5 1/2", allowing for a better selection of tires. The wheels are all identically date- stamped, indicating production in March 1962. Completing restoration in 2009, the Carrera 2 was presented at the 2009 Quail Motorsports Gathering as well as the Rennsport Reunion, where the car doubtlessly drew the envy of the assembled Porsche cognoscente. In October 2011, the car participated in the Porsche Racecar Classic at The Quail Lodge, and was also the subject of a feature article in the August 2012 issue of Excellence magazine.

Documented with the Kardex and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and accompanied by owner’s manuals and a tool kit and travel kit, this Carrera 2 is an intoxicating benchmark of Zuffenhausen performance, showcasing the finest Reutter coachwork and the legendary race-developed four-cam Carrera motor. Furthermore, chassis no.120613 occupies an early place in the Carrera 2 production sequence, one of the first 100 homologated chassis manufactured during the model’s first three months of production, and one of just 133 examples built in 1962. Having accrued only 1,500 miles since the engine restoration at the time of cataloguing, this exquisite Carrera 2 offers delightful performance and is eminently eligible for numerous vintage events, including finer regional concours, Porsche Club exhibitions, and Rennsport meets.