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Coachwork by Reutter
As the first car bearing the Porsche name, the groundbreaking 356 continues to deliver a tremendously enjoyable driving experience with a decidedly avant-garde fair. Debuting in mid-1963, the 356 C differed little from the outgoing 356 B and continued to use the celebrated T-6 twin-grille body type introduced in 1962. However, the 356 C represented an evolutionary step forward with its standard four-wheel disc brakes, higher-lift camshaft for the 1,600 cc engine, and improved bucket seats courtesy of Porsche’s takeover of the Reutter coachworks, which included a subsidiary later known as Recaro.
While there were faster and quicker sporting cars than the 356 C in period, its impeccable construction quality, leading-edge engineering, and unique driving experience drew legions of fans. Perhaps Road & Track testers provided the best endorsement, writing “…one would look a long time before finding a sports or GT car that offers more pure driving enjoyment.”
Complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity listing original data, this Porsche 356 C Coupe is a long-term Texas car benefiting from a total restoration completed during 2012 and 2013 by Porsche experts. Extensively addressing systems of the vehicle, the restorative work is documented by nearly three dozen parts and work invoices included with the sale of the car. Finished in its factory-specified Irish Green paint finish and black upholstery, this final-year Porsche 356 C is handsomely presented in concours-level condition.