Porsche 356C 1600 Coupe by Karmann

Essentially a sports version of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle, the 356 was the first production model from Porsche. The 2+2 coupe was the most prolific model, with a cabriolet and open roadster, known as the Speedster, added later. The 356A was introduced in 1956 with a curved, one-piece windshield, more specialized Porsche components, and a greater choice of engines. The 356B arrived in 1959, featuring raised headlights and higher bumpers, more interior room, a larger engine, a larger rear window, and suspension refinements. Finally, the 356C arrived in 1963, and disc brakes at all four wheels became standard. Additional equipment and an engine upgrade to 1.6 liters were also part of the change. Despite the debut of the new 911 in late-1963, sales of the 1964 356C set records for the model year: 10,312 cars, of which 4,744 were Karmann-bodied coupes.

The 356C is considered by many to be the penultimate first-generation Porsche as it is the most mechanically sophisticated and refined, as well as equipped with the most powerful standard engine of the 356 range.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

75 hp 1,582 cc air-cooled horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, anti-roll bar, trailing arms and telescopic shock absorbers, independent swing axle rear suspension with torsion bars and telescopic shock absorbers, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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