Lot 27

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe

SOLD $517,000


$550,000 - $650,000





Car Highlights

One of Just over 100 356 C Series Carrera 2s Produced
Equipped with Matching-Numbers Four-Cam Engine per Porsche COA
Beautifully Presented in Original Color and Offered from a Significant Four-Cam Collection
Engine Rebuilt by the Renowned Specialist Bill Doyle
Recently Inspected and Test-Driven by Four-Cam Expert Jeff Adams

Technical Specs

1,996 CC DOHC Air-Cooled 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Twin-Choke Solex Carburetors
130 BHP at 6,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Torsion Bar Suspension with Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

SD Prinz Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis, Gemeinde Schwangau, Germany (acquired new via MAHAG in Munich in 1964)Unknown (acquired from the above in 1966)Cappy Thompson, Canada (acquired from the above in 1968)Phil Harris, New Zealand (acquired from the above in 1988)Duane Hartley, Santa Rosa, California (acquired from the above in 1998)Private Collector, Redondo Beach, California (acquired from the above in 2002)Road Scholars, Durham, North Carolina (acquired from the above in 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

While the early roller-bearing Carrera four-cam engines helped establish Porsche as a serious competitor in international motorsport, the later plain-bearing Carrera 2 engine was even more durable and better suited to high-performance road use. This 1964 356 Carrera 2 is one of just over 100 produced in the final 356 C series, making it an early and extremely rare high-performance Porsche.

According to its Kardex, this example was delivered new to Munich, Germany, in 1964. It was finished in Signal Red and trimmed with black leatherette interior with Mouse Gray Corduroy inserts. Research by a previous owner has documented nearly the entire history of the car. According to these findings, the Carrera was originally purchased by Max Emanuel, prince of Thurn and Taxis. The second owner bought the car in 1966, shipping it to Canada in 1967. The third owner, Cappy Thompson, acquired the Carrera in 1968 and took it with him when immigrating to New Zealand in 1975. In 1983, the Carrera 2 was reportedly still very original, but Mr. Thompson treated it to paint and bodywork and sold it a few years later.

In May 1988, Phil Harris, also of New Zealand, acquired the Carrera, which at the time showed just over 72,000 km, or about 45,000 miles. Mr. Harris sold the car in 1998 to Duane Hartley of Santa Rosa, California, who had the body media-blasted. The car was then painted, reassembled, color sanded, and buffed. Tony Garcia refurbished the interior, and renowned four-cam expert Bill Doyle performed a full engine rebuild in 2000. The well-traveled Carrera has since been a part of several Porsche collections.

In January 2017, respected four-cam expert Jeff Adams of Speedsport Tuning in Danbury, Connecticut, inspected and test-drove the car. He reported that the paint and interior were in excellent condition and, significantly, confirmed that the car retained the matching-numbers engine that had been rebuilt by Bill Doyle. He also confirmed the car retained important details such as its correct 356 C brakes, gearbox, and correct factory Eberspächer gas heater.

It is rare to find a 356 Carrera 2 with a matching-numbers engine, and this is a stellar example. Passing its recent tests by Jeff Adams with flying colors is a testament to the quality of the car and the fastidiousness of the consignor. The Carrera is accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, Kardex, invoices, and Jeff Adams report. With 130 hp on tap and the bevel-drive, four-cam engine to admire, this significant example is an excellent candidate for enthusiastic touring or concours display and a highly usable expression of Porsche’s early motorsports success.