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Lot 135

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2

Coachwork by Ruetter

SOLD $517,000

Estimate

$525,000 - $625,000

Chassis

123210

Car Highlights

One of 436 Only Examples Built
Fitted with Rare Factory Electric Sunroof and 70-Liter Fuel Tank
Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex
Recent Mechanical Attention by Noted Four-Cam Specialist

Technical Specs

1,966 CC DOHC 4-Cam Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Solex 40 PII-4 Downdraft Carburetors
130 BHP at 6,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Torsion Bars
Swing-Axle Rear Suspension with Torsion Bars
Register to Bid

Original Owner, Stuttgart-Degerloch, Germany (acquired new)Erik Modin, Berkeley, California (acquired in 1999)Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired circa 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Few nameplates in the history of performance automobiles carry more weight than Carrera, the Porsche variant named for the famously rugged Carrera Panamericana Mexican road race. More than just a model name, Carrera signified a particular race-bred version of Porsche’s classic fat-four engine devised by Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann, using twin ignition, two dual-throat carburetors, and, most importantly, four-cam valve actuation rather than a single cam and pushrods.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1961, Porsche introduced the latest version of the Carrera, wearing the T-6 Reutter body style and powered by an enlarged two-liter version of Fuhrmann’s four-cam fat four, designated “Type 587/1.” The fastest 356 road car ever built, the 2000 GS, or Carrera 2 – so named for its two-liter displacement – was produced in a sparing quantity of just 436 examples, of which 310 were built on the earlier 356 B platform.

This beautiful example of Porsche’s landmark Carrera 2 was sold new in Stuttgart-Degerloch, Germany. Original specifications include a rare electric sunroof and 70-liter fuel tank, as well as a wooden steering wheel and custom color combination of Arabergrau, a period dark gray, with green upholstery and corduroy trim.

After a reportedly long period of original ownership, the Porsche was sold and shipped to California where it was enjoyed by multiple owners until the late 1990s. This well-traveled Carrera 2 was then purchased by a collector in Switzerland, finished in the black livery it wears today, and shipped back overseas. This new owner set out on a quest to perfect the mechanicals on his new prize, hiring specialists to go through the drivetrain, suspension, and brakes that were updated to later-style discs from the factory “annular” system. The two-liter four-cam engine – which while the correct type, is thought not to be the original unit – received significant attention from renowned expert Karl Hloch in 2011. The work was focused on making the engine robust for driving events and included the fitment of a stainless GT-style exhaust system. Further improvements were made to the car, including rebuilt shock absorbers, alternator, fuel system, and transmission.

A true factory dual-purpose version of the beloved 356, this uniquely optioned Carrera 2 has benefited from caring owners and the service of specialists its entire life. It should be considered a unique opportunity to own a fantastic example of the most advanced of Porsche’s 356 offerings.