1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet Slate Gray/Red 59k Orig. Miles Fresh Engine Rebuild

Price: US $148,990.00 Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 356
  • SubModel: C Cabriolet
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 59,300
  • VIN: 161036
  • Color: Gray
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Red
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet

1965 Porsche 356C/1600 Reutter Cabriolet

Original Factory Slate Gray/Red

1-Owner for 36-Years

Low-Mile ExampleStock #0766

VIN # 161036

TRN# 81782 (741/2C)

Engine# 715712 (Correct Year/Model – Orig. is #715099)

59,300 Original Miles

Less than 100-Miles on Fresh Engine Rebuild Slate Gray (6401) on Red Leather (A) with a Black Soft Top

Clean and Clear Utah Title

Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Copy of Porsche Kardex

PCA Member Owned

30-Years in Dry Storage

By the end of 1964, Porsche was moving full steam ahead on their new 900 series (911) sports car. The 356 productions was winding down. In 1965, they only built a handful of cabriolets worldwide. However, these final iterations are considered the best driving ones built. With the upgrade of disc brakes, sway bars and a 75hp 1600cc motor, they are extremely driver friendly.

This 356 was an early ’65 model year. It was built on August 31st, 1964 and delivered new on December 11th, 1964 to a Robert S. Frost of Houston, Texas. The original engine number is only 700 off of the current engine and since the car was in storage for 30-years, we believe that the motor might have been replaced by the dealer early in its life…possibly under warranty. Based on the Kardex, on March 2nd, 1965 with less than 3,000-miles on the car, a very expensive warranty item was recorded. The cost was $709, which is nearly $6,000 today. This could have been dealing with the motor.

This 356 spent most of its life in Colorado. We don’t think the first owner had the car for even a year before it was sold to Charles and Faith Campbell of Colorado. They kept the car until 1974 when they sold it to a Mr. Michael Willis. This 2nd owner drove the car for about 7-years and in 1981, put it in storage. The car was always a weekend/summer vehicle, so most likely the miles are original. While in storage, a reputable engine builder by the name of Al Lauder rebuilt the motor. However, the car remained in storage for nearly 30-years until a local enthusiast purchased it in November of 2010. During those 30-years, it was properly stored and kept dry.

Dave Imes and several other local Colorado specialists were hired to do a light restoration on this cabriolet. Most of it was cosmetic so that it would be a presentable driver. The current owner purchased the car in June of 2012 and over the next 4-years continued to enhance the car both cosmetically and mechanically.

Les Long of Air Power in Utah performed all the recent services. Les is a very well-respected 356 specialist. In 2013, he completely rebuilt the motor. Highlights of the work included:

Engine insulation kit

Paint/prep engine bay

Polish crank

New main and rod bearing set

Refresh/clean carburetors (original/correct Zeniths/P019)

Restore distributor (original/correct Bosch 022)

Cleaned fuel tank

Detail/restore cosmetics in engine bay

Recently, someone over-revved the motor and it went back to Air Power for another rebuild. It was just finished less than a month ago. Highlights of this recent engine build included:

Replaced rod and main gearings

Rebuild big end of 912 ROD/balance

Piston and cylinder kit 86mm big bore

Reseal/new gaskets

When the car arrived here, we had our local specialists tune the carbs and make a few adjustments. The motor runs great, idles smooth, and makes very nice power.

It is clear that this Porsche had a mostly sheltered life in a dry garage. The body looks great with minimal signs of use. The bottom is very dry and straight. The floors/pans and battery box are solid. It doesn’t look like this example has had any major issues. The glass looks great, as does the bright work. The doors, hood, and deck lid all close nicely with decent gaps. The wheels look nicely refinished with excellent chrome hub caps. All 5 wheels are correctly date stamped to the car and are wearing near full tread tires. The brake pads and rotors have more than 75% life remaining.

The interior was nicely restored and still looks fresh. The leather seats look nice with minimal signs of use. The soft top fits nicely and there are no tears or blemishes. The correct factory square weave carpet shows light wear and is protected with the proper rubber mats. Everything seems to work properly except the clock. I would classify this example as an extremely nice high level driver in a fantastic/rare color combination that would look perfect at any local vintage event.

The car starts up easily with one pump of the gas pedal. It holds idle nicely and drives extremely smooth. The feedback from the road is excellent while also having a comfortable feel to it. The disc brakes feel fantastic and there is minimal body roll in turns thanks to the fresh suspension and factory sway bars. Acceleration is very smooth and the big bore kit provides plenty of low end torque making it a joy around town or on freeway onramps. This is the perfect collectible that can be enjoyed today turnkey with potential future value.

This 356 comes with an original spare wheel with tire, extra keys, Certificate of Authenticity, copy of Kardex, and two car covers. The owner also thinks he has the original Jack, which will go with the car if he locates it. There is no tool kit.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com For tons of pictures, either cut and paste the following URL into your browser, or click here: http://www.AutoKennel.com

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.