Displacement: 1,582 cc
Horsepower: 94 bhp @ 5,800 rpm
Engine Torque: 91 ft lb @ 4,200 rpm
Top Speed: 115 mph
0 - 60 mph: 11.2 seconds
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The ultimate iteration of the 356, the 356C was introduced for the 1964 model year. Though outwardly similar to the final versions of the prior 'B' series, it featured disc brakes all round and offered the most powerful pushrod engines ever offered in a Porsche to that point. So improved were they over their predecessors, that sales increased by over 50% compared to the previous year and doubled compared to any year before that.
Cabriolets accounted for a mere 2,342 of the 16,678 total 356Cs produced. These low production numbers, coupled with their mechanical superiority have turned the 356C Cabriolets into one of the most sought after of all the 356 models.
Sadly, one of their major flaws was their propensity to corrode, which has caused their numbers to dwindle even further. This particular car however, has spent its entire life in the idyllic climate of California and consequently has escaped all ravages of the tin worm. Its sheet metal is all original and in perfect shape. The paintwork is superb and the interior has been completely retrimmed in leather.
Mechanically, it is excellent. The matching numbers engine was rebuilt by legendary Porsche repairers, Aurel & Don, 4,000 miles ago, at which time they upgraded it to SC specs with SC camshaft, valves & carburettors. It fires instantly, with no smoke and runs wonderfully smoothly with excellent power. On the road, it is extremely tight with no rattles, flex or shakes.
A truly driveable classic with stunning looks, it is ready to enjoy for both show and go.