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Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Matching Engine, Transaxle, and Body Panels
Stunning original color combination - Sky Blue over Red interior
Complete with tool kit, jack, spare tire, tonneau cover, and owners manual
Among Porsche enthusiasts, there is a never-ending debate about which model is the ultimate open 356. The Speedster has long been regarded as the most collectible, and does enjoy a certain purity of line that is very attractive; however, the later Cabriolets enjoy functional and mechanical updates that make the cars more pleasurable to use in the real world. Thus, enthusiasts with a desire to enjoy their cars, will be attracted to the 356C Cabriolet, whose low and rakish stance, lined top, and wind up windows represent the ultimate evolution of the open 356.
Our 356 Cabriolet was completed at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany on March 2nd, 1964. Very little is known about the Sky Blue Cabriolet's first fifty years of existence, other than that it must have lived a charmed life, as is evident by the fact that it still retains its original engine, transmission, and laser straight body panels. Discovered in a Connecticut barn in 2014, it was immediately delivered to Porsche Specialist, Aase Sales in Columbus, OH. The team, led by owner Ron Thomas, documented and disassembled the 356 prior to embarking on a detailed 2-year restoration process. Stripped to bare metal, the Cabriolet received new paint, in its original color of Sky Blue, to its original coachwork, along with new or reconditioned parts from Ron Thomas' large inventory of OEM Porsche stock. The cars owner, a shoe industry veteran, sourced the highest quality leather he could find for the cars born with Red interior, providing for an intoxicating combination of touch and smell to all covered surfaces.
Upon completion, the 356 Cabriolet won 1st place at the 43rd Annual Connecticut Valley Region Porsche Club of America Concours d'Elegance in 2016. Having covered just over 300 miles since, this beautiful example of Porsche's endearing 356 model presents itself in both concours-show and driven-event ready condition.
Upon arrival at Canepa, a detailed inspection revealed an exemplary level of workmanship throughout, and the Cabriolet was road tested to confirm correct operation of all systems. Included in the sale is a comprehensive pre-delivery servicing of all mechanical and electrical components, ensuring a turn-key experience for its next caretaker. In addition a full "Canepa Difference" concours-level detail, including hand cleaning of the entire underside of the car, engine bay, trunk and interior will be performed, delivering on our promise of a car that is both mechanically ready for driving enjoyment, and cosmetically fit to grace any show lawn.