1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet
As the last 356 model built before the introduction of the 911, the 356C had benefitted from 17 years of continuous improvements to the same platform. This final year version of the 356 has the highest output 95 hp SC specification engine and the amazing ATE disc brakes all round.
By the time most cars have hit 52 years of age they have either been fully restored or forgotten about in a scrap yard. This car has taken a third route. By walking a very fine line its whole life this car remains in very good and extremely presentable order, and yet at the same time retains its originality.
The Kardex and COA confirm that 161471 was supplied new through Highland Motors Inc. of Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was sold to Arthur Tilley of Rural Hall, North Carolina. Tilley obviously cherished the car during his 25 years and 44,000 miles of ownership. Starting in 1990, all the subsequent owners would continue this tradition and treated this car as the time capsule collectable it is. In fact, one of those owners owned it twice over the years. Only another gentle 12,700 miles would be added over the past 27 years.
Here you have the opportunity to purchase a car that defies the years that have passed, not only in terms of its remarkable condition, but also in terms of the supporting documentation the car still retains: original owners manual, holder, service booklets, body car book, radio manual and cover. Completing the package is the complete original tool kit and bag.
Cosmetically, it is quite clear that the paint is at least 80% original. The prior owner chose to have the front lid repainted as well as some light blending above the rear license plate holder up to the lower engine compartment edge.
The interior, which is particularly unusual in Pearl Grey leather has been beautifully preserved. The driving compartment details, from steering wheel to Becker Europa radio, single headrest for the driver and mountings for the passenger rest are also correct original features. A new set of carpets made by Autos International were fitted.
The engine bay and motor were attended to in the 1990s, which included refinishing of the sheet metal, and cad plating of the brightwork and linkages. At the same time the car was converted to 12-volt electrics to aid starting and European Bosch lights were installed, this work being carried out by Dave Hammers of Sea Cliff, NY. While the engine was rebuilt and balanced, including new SC cam, pistons and cylinders, valves, tappets etc. the carburetors were rebuilt and new brake discs were fitted all round, this work being completed by John Howe of Goleta, CA. At just over 52,000 miles a new flywheel and starter were fitted and the fuel pump rebuilt by Autosport of Mineola, NY. A new canvas convertible top has been fitted - thought the headliner is thought to be original.
Finding an example in such original and straight order is every collector's dream, and it is all the better when a car happens also to be the desirable and definitive model. The rarity of a car in this condition cannot be overstated, and as they say "a car is only original once."
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