Bring A Trailer exclusive: 1964 Porsche 356 SCWed, 22 Jun 2011
Today's collector highlight is a 1964 Porsche 356 SC. Amazingly, it's had only one owner since it was purchased in May 1964.
The 1964 model year was the last for the 356, as the Porsche 911 debuted the same year. It was also the first year that the 356 was equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. The pushrod engine was the most powerful unit that Porsche produced at the time, making 95 hp.
The original selling price of the Porsche 356 was about $4,000, the same price as a new Cadillac.
This car was bought in Connecticut and driven out West, where it has since spent its life. It has 135,000 documented miles and reportedly was never left to sit for extended periods. It resides in Santa Cruz, Calif., with an asking price of $29,500.
According to the seller, the car has been kept up nicely and has never been in an accident. The doors also open and close smoothly. The paint gets a bit bubbly near the lower edge of the door, and the original battery tray is rusted through. The floorpans are still in good condition, and the chrome still shines. It was repainted in its factory shade some time ago.
The owner had a Porsche-branded air-conditioning system installed by the dealer, but other than that, modifications are minimal. A two-pipe Abarth rear muffler was added, and the painted wheels were replaced with chrome rollers. The carburetors have been changed, and new tires were installed.
The precursor to the legendary 911 may not be as fast as the new metal from Stuttgart, Germany, but the shape is all Porsche.
Check out the pictures, and if you're interested, go to www.bringatrailer.com and contact the seller.
By Jake Lingeman