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A World Auction Record for a Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe
This incredibly pure and authentic example of Porsche’s landmark Carrera 2 was sold new to an industrialist in Stuttgart-Degerloch, Germany. Original specifications, as identified by the included Kardex supplied by Porsche historian Jurgen Barth, include a rare electric sunroof and 70-liter fuel tank, as well as a wooden steering wheel and custom paint color of Arabergeau, Arab’s Gray.
After a reportedly long period of original ownership, the Porsche was sold 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, by then wearing the black finish it wears today, and shipped back overseas. This new owner set out on a quest to perfect the mechanicals on his new prize, hiring the best available specialists to go through the drivetrain, suspension, and brakes, which were updated to later-style discs from the factory “annular” system. The original annular brakes are included with the car. The original, numbers-matching four-cam engine was rebuilt by renowned expert Karl Hloch in 2011 using all of the modern updates necessary to create a robust and useable street-oriented powerplant. The 356 Carreras with their original engines are difficult to find due to the relatively complex nature of these engines when new. It was not at all unheard of for an engine to be replaced under warranty early in the car’s life. Luckily, time and technology have long since eradicated the known issues plaguing the cars and their owners. The rebuild of this particular 587/1 engine included a new crankshaft, flywheel and clutch, Carrillo connecting rods, and a stainless GT-style exhaust system that lends a competition sound to the well-tuned package. Further improvements were made to the car including rebuilt shock absorbers, alternator, fuel system and transmission; and a document file of receipts detailing the work accompanies the sale of the car.
Offered with original books, manuals, including shop manual, and tools, this Carrera 2 rolls on correct date-stamped wheels and reportedly shows body number stampings of “210.” A true factory dual-purpose version of the beloved 356, this Carrera 2 has benefitted from caring owners and the service of specialists its entire life, and should be considered as a unique opportunity to own the best of Porsche’s 356 offerings. The Carrera 2
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 flat-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 flat-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. A thoroughbred performer with a premium-trimmed interior, the Carrera 2 was also notable as the first production Porsche to feature disc brakes.