The predecessor to the world-renowned Porsche 911 was the small but effective Porsche 356 coupe. The first mass-produced automobile from the German car maker, the Porsche 356 coupe was an instant global success. A unibody construction that had its underpinnings based on several Volkswagen parts, the engine came in as a four-cylinder horizontally opposed unit that produced a modest 107 bhp. That said, due to it’s lightweight body, and brilliant handling, the Porsche 356 coupe quickly became the favourite as one of the most enjoyable sports cars of its time… something that was followed and exemplified in tradition by the Porsche 911, which till date is considered as the best drivers car that the world has seen.
The beginnings of the Porsche 356 coupe were quite humble. When the moniker was launched, the 356 featured a small displacement 1,086 cc flat four engine, which over the years grew bigger and more powerful, finally resulting in a 1.6-litre unit, similar to the one found in this very 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Coupe in Champagne Yellow colour. In fact, this particular vehicle is a very rare model due to the presence of the sunroof which is quite difficult to find in cars of this era.
This 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC ‘Sunroof’ Coupe has been beautifully restored to original condition with all its original equipment such as the black leatherette interior, rare Goldie electric sunroof, chrome wheels, fog lamps and chrome luggage racks. The car will be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island on March 12, 2016 to a lucky block who would hopefully continue to keep this very cool vintage in this very condition for years to come.
All photos © Darin Schnabel for RM Sotheby’s