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The Porsche 356 was first produced by Austrian company Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH (1948–1949), and then by German company Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH (1950–1965). It was Porsche’s first production automobile.
The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door available both in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsport success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. Of the 76,000 originally produced, approximately half survive.
In late 1959 significant styling and technical refinements gave rise to the 356 B (a T5 body type). The mid-1962 356 B model was changed to the T6 body type (twin engine lid grilles, an external fuel filler in the right front wing/fender and a larger rear window in the coupé). The Porsche factory did not call attention to these quite visible changes with a different model designation. However, when the T6 got disc brakes, with no other visible alterations, they called it the model C, or the SC when it had the optional extra powerful engine, as is the case with this car.
This Porsche belongs to a friend of us here at Trade Classics, his name is Gary Turner and he’s a proper car guy. Gary has owned and enjoyed many cars over the years, including some very beautiful and rare 911’s.
Last year Gary and his wife made a decision to sell up in the UK and move to Canada for work opportunities. They sold everything from their house to his entire car collection including Porsche 911’s, Porsche 912, Honda NSX, Datsun 250Z and various others.
It wasn’t long until Gary scratched his itch for more cars in Canada, he has since bought a beautiful and early VW campervan, Porsche 911 ST, concours MGA amongst others. Gary has decided to import this car to the UK, and we are delighted to be handling the sale.
The car is stored near Daventry with Workshop77, who have been looking after and managing the car on Gary’s behalf, and will be available for viewings at their storage facility.
This Porsche 356 SC is really quite a beautiful car. I spent a few hours consigning the car and drove it around the private road where it’s stored. People were overwhelmed when they saw the car and at one point I had a photography class out on location all ‘papping’ the car.
As you would expect with such a recent restoration there are barely any imperfections in the bodywork. We have detailed anything observed below.
Wheels & Tyres
The car is sitting on new Hankook tyres, wrapped on 15 inch steel wheels with chrome hubcaps. The wheels and hubcaps are in excellent condition, as can be seen in the videos and photographs.
The bodywork across the car is excellent. We noticed no bodywork issues and the shut-lines and panel gaps can be seen to be even throughout in our videos and photographs.
The paint is also very good across the car, having been subject to a recent restoration. There are only a couple of small issues to note, a slight one inch crack in the paint on the drivers door and skuttle and also very slight paint inconsistency where the roof meets the rear panel – not noticeable unless you look hard for it and reflect the light. There are no stone chips as this car hasn’t been driven on the main road yet. It’s a totally fresh restoration and the paint looks even and deep across the entire car.
Glass and Trim
All the glass and trim across the car are is in great condition as even the windscreen has been replaced. The chrome is also in excellent condition with none of the usual pitting than can usually be found on similar cars.
The interior on this Porsche 356 SC is exceptional – it’s really been fitted out to a high standard and the blue / tan combination looks eye-popping.
Seats and Carpets
Finished in tan with grey carpeting, the interior again is in like new condition. You’ll see from the video that the interior looks stunning and there is very little to report back on, as you would expect given the recent restoration.
The dashboard is in excellent condition, both in terms of trim and paint on the fascia. The oil temperature gauge is currently not working and thought to be a simple fix.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The steering wheel is beautiful and in great condition as can be seen in the images and videos.
As the car hasn’t been registered in the UK yet, we did not take the car on our usual run. We did however do our normal cold start video, and I took it for a run around the large private road where the car is stored.
Engine and Gearbox
The engine started first go from cold, as can be observed in our video, with no blue smoke issues and it idled smoothly from cold. I managed to select all the gears on my run and there were no issues. The clutch felt good and the bite point was midway up the travel.
Suspension and Brakes
The suspension looks in great condition as you can see from the pictures of the underside of the car with the restoration work being clearly visible. Also, there where no knocks or rattles on my drive up to about 30-40mph and the brakes worked well too.
Please see the video to see me driving the car on a short test – no issues were observed.
Electrics and Other
No issues apart from the non-working temperature gauge.
All the paperwork that comes with the car has been scanned and is included in the images below. If you have any queries on the invoices then please drop a note in the comments field below and Gary will get back to you with an answer.
HPi Check Results
– N/A – The car has not been registered in the UK and as such the new owner will be the first owner. It is a simple process to register the car and we will help you through this.
– 42,468 miles 10.09.2018
There’s no doubt that the Porsche 356 is a beautiful car, arguably the most beautiful car that Porsche has ever created. I only drove this car for a few minutes on a private road, but it gained a lot of attention, why is that, well it’s just so pretty. It’s like a puppy dog, you just want to go up to it and give it a little stroke and ask its name.
Personally speaking, I absolutely love the colour combination – it’s just so striking.
If you’re in the market for a really lovely and sorted 356 SC then this has to be the one for you. Lots of money and time has already been spent and Gary has also commissioned any work required since it’s been in this country by Workshop77 (Porsche specialists).
The classic market has reduced in the last few months and this car has been priced accordingly, so it really does represent excellent value for money for someone that is looking to enter the early Porsche market, or expand their current collection.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Gary (owner and seller of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. I will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can. I may need to check answers with Gary as he won’t be able to reply himself.