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Arthur Wayne Tilley, Rural Hall, North Carolina (acquired new on July 24, 1965, via Highland Motors Inc.)Everett Anton Singer, New York (acquired in January 1990)Mark Minkin, Ocean Ridge, Florida (acquired from the above in July 2001)Everett Anton Singer, New York (reacquired in November 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
At first glance, the 356 C, which debuted in mid-1963, differed little from the prior 356 B and continued to use the T-6 body type introduced in 1962. However, the 356 C was a major step forward with its standard four-wheel disc brakes, higher-lift camshaft for the basic 1600 C engine, new fat-face hubcaps, and deeper bucket seats.
The uprated 1600 SC replaced the Super 90 in the Porsche lineup and provided meaningful increases in horsepower and torque, delivering heightened performance and driveability. A top speed of 125 mph was now available when called upon, and fuel economy was impressive as well. Representing the ultimate evolution of the inspired 356 concept, the 356 SC was produced until September 1965, when both the 911 and 912 succeeded it.
This very special, late-production 356 SC Cabriolet from 1965 marks a rare and outstanding find for committed Porsche collectors and enthusiasts. Sold new through Highland Motors Inc. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Arthur Tilley of Rural Hall, North Carolina, this SC Cabriolet was obviously cherished throughout his 25 years and 44,000 miles of ownership, and indeed each subsequent day of its existence. Having moved through the hands of four additional owners, one of whom owned the SC Cabriolet twice, it has been kept in fine, astonishingly original condition.
This wonderfully preserved 356 is believed to retain the majority of its factory-original Signal Red paint finish complemented by original Pearl Grey leather upholstery, just as the accompanying 1991-dated factory certificate states that it had when new. A copy of its original window sticker also accompanies the sale and confirms the optional equipment still fitted to the car, including the dual headrest brackets, Becker radio, and driver’s door-mounted mirror. Also included are a well-appointed tool kit, owner’s manual, and an impressive array of maintenance and service booklets.
During the 1990s, the Porsche received comprehensive mechanical attention, including rebuilding and balancing of the engine and ancillaries, conversion to 12-volt electrics, and engine-bay detailing. A new canvas convertible top has been fitted – though the headliner is understood to be original – and new carpets have been fitted as well. In the consignor’s opinion, this SC performs “head and shoulders” above the nearly half a dozen restored examples he drove before discovering this car; and he continues: “just closing the driver’s door on this car is a wonderful experience.”
A beautifully preserved example of a perennial favorite retaining the elusive feel that only a well-cared-for, largely unrestored car can deliver, the appearance of this outstanding 356 SC Cabriolet is a truly noteworthy event.