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Lot 319: Porsche 356SC Cabriolet

The Scottsdale Sale, Bonhams & Butterfields (19 January 2012)

*1600cc, four-cylinder air-cooled engine *Four-speed manual transmission *Four-wheel disc brakes *Offered with Porsche COA *The most refined 356 variant *Presented in original Ruby Red color Webster's defines "cabriolet" as a light two-wheeled carriage, usually with a hood that folds, and also as an automobile somewhat like a coupe, but with a folding top. More accurately, a "cabriolet" is a sporting automobile that offers the best of two worlds: open-air motoring for fine weather, and snug, comfortable driving when conditions otherwise demand. Few automobiles offer this combination at such a high level of quality and thoughtful engineering as Porsche's 356 series cabriolets of the 1950s and 1960s. Cabriolets, with their fixed windshield posts and heavily padded folding tops, have been part of Porsche's production line almost from the very beginning, and open-air Porsches have always demanded a price premium over their fixed-roof brethren. This SC cabriolet is one of 1744 built by Reutter during the 1964 model year. Although it has been repainted once in its original color of 6402 Ruby Red, this rust-free example has been well-maintained and pampered over its lifetime, always being garaged. The interior reflects the car's obsessive care and maintenance; its black leather folding bucket seats are in good condition, showing a nice patina of age. With charcoal carpeting, black top and tonneau cover, the car presents well. The sound deadening pads beneath the carpets are original and appear as if they have never been wet. The car is equipped with a radio and full instrumentation, including a tachometer, speedometer, oil temperature gauge, fuel gauge, and warning lights for oil pressure, generator, turn signal, parking lamp, and high-beam indicators. The windshield wipers have variable speeds. The automobile is described by the vendor to be mechanically excellent. Its 1600 cc four-cylinder air-cooled engine was rebuilt on a non-original C case to correct SC specifications (107 hp) by Motor Sports International in Portland, Oregon in October, 2005 when the odometer indicated 100,000 miles. The odometer was reset to zero and now reads 1909 miles; the vendor believes this to be correct and original. The four-speed, fully-synchronized manual transmission offers easy cruising and good fuel economy. Brakes are disc at all four corners, and the car wears its original 4.5" x 15" chrome-plated wheels. This attractive 356 SC cabriolet has provided driving enjoyment to its last owner for more than 30 years, making it more a member of the family than simply another mechanical conveyance, and is sure to become a source of driving enjoyment to its next owner. The car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche.

Lot Details
Auction The Scottsdale Sale
Bonhams & Butterfields, Arizona, Scottsdale
Lot Number319
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$115000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$133500
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis number159600
Engine numberP713267
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2