The Porsche 356 was the first production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2 door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations.
The last revision of the 356 was the 356C introduced for the 1964 model year. It featured disc brakes all round, as well as an option for the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced, the 95 hp (71 kW) "SC." 356 production peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, the year that its successor, the new 911, was introduced to the US market (it was introduced slightly earlier in Europe). The company continued to sell the 356C in North America through 1965 as demand for the model remained quite strong in the early days of the heavier and more 'civilized' 911.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, and in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
75bhp, 1,582 cc air-cooled, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, dual Zenith carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, independent front suspension with parallel trailing arms, transverse laminated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with swing axles and transverse torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"
Source: RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011