This is a classic 1965 Porsche 356C for sale in my favorite 356 color Champagne Yellow. This is the nicest Porsche 356 we have ever listed (one of our very first was a very nice 1965 Porsche 356 in Red). Riding around in this beautiful Porsche 356 ranks among the most fun I have ever had.
Among all of the 1960's Porsche 356 models, the 356C is the most desirable and the most valuable. The 356C is the only Porsche 356 to come with four-wheel disc brakes. 1965 was the last year for the 356 and it is therefore the most advanced and refined Porsche 356 ever manufactured. If you are looking for a classic and eloquent Porsche for your collection, this Champagne Yellow Porsche 356C offers a great opportunity.
This example is an original California black plate car (NKS 272) with a numbers matching engine and transmission. The body on this 356C is another strong point. The car has its original floors, longitudinals, and exterior panels. There has been one repair under the battery and it was done to a high standard by Paul Russell and Company. The body of this 356 is as nice and original as they come. It is still in the original color combination of Champagne Yellow (paint code # 6405) with black leatherette.
The steering and handling on this 356C are all very tight. In the videos you can listen to how solid the car sounds as it drives over railroad tracks. When the doors shut my ears actually felt this pressure change! This car has never been wrecked and it has superb handling, nice panel fit and great looks to show for it.
The odometer reads 53,207 and all indications point to that mileage being original. The carpet is original. The pedal pads show little wear. And in 1981 the odometer read 22,694. All mileage since 1981 is documented and in nearly 30 years this car has only been driven 30,513 miles. The original driver's manual is still with the car!
The interior is in great condition. The steering wheel has never been restored and it is still in excellent condition. The front seats and dash pad have been replaced in leather, but everything else inside the cockpit of this classic Porsche 356C is original and in very good shape. As a testament to how original and authentic this car is, the original Blaupunkt 3-band AM/FM/SW radio is still in the car and it works great! Just as if it was still 1965, the optional antenna needs to be extended for the radio to pick up stations, but listening to this vintage radio through the optional 2 loudspeakers is enough to get anyone nostalgic.
Along with the Blaupunkt 3-band AM/FM/SW radio, other optional equipment includes the aforementioned antenna and 2 loudspeakers, tow hook, talbot mirror, chrome luggage rack and optional shift lock.
One of the most interesting and valuable additions to any classic car is documentation showing its pedigree. Porsche owners can be among the most detail oriented people of all car owners, and the comprehensive collection of documentation that comes with this car shows that this classic Porsche 356C has been owned by the right people. This 356 comes with a three inch three-ring binder full of receipts and ownership documentation all neatly organized by date. That alone speaks to how well the car has been maintained and loved. The beautiful condition of this classic Porsche tells the rest of the story.
A brief history on the car starts when it was purchased new in 1965. A young Lady from Larkspur, California bought the car new in Germany. The car still has the desirable and more efficient factory installed European heater system. After spending the first few months of its life in Germany, the original owner had the car shipped to San Francisco. It was first registered in California on 10/1/1965. The birth certificate that comes with the car (Porsche's Certificate of Authenticity) confirms the car's matching numbers engine (#733077), case (#616/15) and transmission (#85425) type 741/OC.
The numbers matching engine was rebuilt 8000 miles ago with a new set of German MAHLE pistons and rings. Brand new WEBER 40IDA carburetors were fitted. The cylinder heads were rebuilt less than 4,000 miles ago, and a new clutch was installed. Porsche specialist Dieter Wanderer carefully freshened the bottom end just 3000 miles ago at 50,823 to the tune of almost $3,000.00! It is now virtually bullet proof. The 88 hpr is more than enough to speed this 2100 lb, aerodynamic sports car through the turns and straight-aways. Fuel is delivered through Webber 40IDA carburetors. The driver's side carb did pop a little at idle during our shoot, but the engine is peppy and complete. As you may expect, the car does have a few minor oil drips. The car still runs on its original 6 volt electrical system.
The front brake rotors were new in 2009, and the optima sealed battery was purchased new in 2010. The car starts, stops, and drives very well.
A tan flannel car cover from NLA comes with the car so you can assure your investment will stay clean and pampered when it is not in use.
Only 1,097 Karmann Coupes were assembled in 1965, and such well documented, original black plate California cars do not come up for sale very often. Please take a moment to look through the two photo galleries below so you can get a very accurate assessment of the physical condition of this Porsche 356C for sale. Enjoy the videos below so you can hear and see this classic Porsche in action. Thank you for checking out this listing.
Feel free to call me, John Snell with any questions or to reserve this classic 1965 Porsche 356C for your collection.
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