1964 Porsche 356 SC Electric Sunroof Coupe Recent Mechanical Refurbishment

Price: US $99,990.00 Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 356
  • SubModel: Sunroof SC
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Sunroof SC
  • Year: 1964
  • Mileage: 51000
  • VIN: 12XXXX
  • Color: Light Ivory
  • Engine size: 1600cc
  • Power options: --
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Green
  • Options: --
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
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1964 Porsche 356 Sunroof SC

1964 Porsche 356SC Coupe
Factory Electric Sunroof
Recent Full Engine/Trans Rebuild
Leather/Pepita Fibersteel Speedster Seats
VIN # 12xxxx
ENG# 82xxxx
TRN# 70xxx
(Non-Numbers Matching but Correct SC Motor and Transmission)
50,900 Miles on Odometer
Less than 500-Miles (approx.) on Engine and Trans Rebuild
Light Ivory (6404) on Green Leather/Suede with Pepita Inserts
Clean and Clear California Title
PCA Member Owned
Correct Sequence Original Vintage CA Black License Plates
Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche
Kardex (copy)
By 1964, Porsche was moving full steam ahead on their new 900 series (911) sports car. The 356 production was winding down. There were less than 2-years of production left in the 356. This last model was introduced as the “C”. Besides disc brakes all the way around and a sway bar, they also introduced the new SC (Super Carrera) model. The SC boasted 95hp (21% increase over the standard) from a 9.5:1 compression motor with dual Solex carburetors.
This Porsche was built on October 22nd, 1963 and sold new on October 25th, 1963 to a B. Zimmer of Bielefeld, Germany by Karmann in Fulda, Germany. It was ordered new from the factory with the following equipment:
Light Ivory
Black Leatherette w/Mouse Grey Corduroy Inserts (B/C)
Electric Sunroof
RF Suppression Material
2 Loudspeakers
2 “Talbot” Mirrors
Conti Tires (165/15)
We believe the car stayed in Europe for a few years before coming to the U.S. It appears on May 25th, 1966, the factory replaced the motor under warranty at Peters Miller Porsche. The current engine number falls in between the two motors Porsche issued with the car. Not much else is known about the car’s early history besides what’s recorded on the Kardex. However, we do have records going back to January 30th, 1996 when a Mr. Jim Dittig of Danville, California purchased the car from a bay area independent Porsche shop that sold it to him “restored” for $23,000. It doesn’t look as if Mr. Dittig had the car very long as it ended up a few years later with a Mr. Dave Carboneau of Portland, Oregon.
The earliest receipt from Mr. Carboneau dates to September 20th, 2000 with 47,771 miles on the odometer. Over the course of 5-years and only 1,200-miles, he invested nearly $15k doing a full engine rebuild, clutch, flywheel, new transmission synchros, and various other services. It appears he kept the car until around 2010, but didn’t drive it much. He then sold it to the current Los Angeles area owner with 50,150 miles on the odometer.
For the first 7-years, the current owner only used it lightly for “Sunday” cruising and attending local cars and coffee events. He didn’t drive it much. He serviced it regularly with some local shops. In the beginning of 2017, the car had developed some significant oil leaks and it felt down on power. He decided it was time for an upgrade. He reached out to a local Porsche specialist to rebuild the drivetrain. The goal was to build a fun driving SC with a subtle amount of SoCal hotrod “attitude.”
Highlights of this build included the following:
More aggressive ride height/stance
Remove bumper over-riders and rear reflectors
Refinish bumpers/fill holes
Full Engine rebuild to approx. 110hp output
Forged pistons and cylinders
AA sleeves
Benton cam
New Weber carburetors (2014)
Rebuild transmission
Fresh clutch
Lightweight flywheel
Magnaflow performance muffler
Refinished engine tins
Modified front torsion tube to achieve a performance stance
Replace rear torsion bar
Repaired light wiring
New Koni shocks
Shifter bushings and linkage
New rear suspension bushings
Replaced distributor
Update throttle linkage
Heater tubes and flaps
Adjust/tune carburetors
Converted to 12 volt system
Custom Interior
All leather, suede, and wool Pepita seat inserts
German square weave carpet
Repair dashboard and recover
New headliner
Speedster-style seats by Fibersteel
New door panels
New seat lap belts
In total, nearly $30,000 was recently invested in making this SC a fun driver ready for events.
Before listing it, we had our mechanic go through the car, inspect it, and perform the following services to make sure it was ready for the next owner:
Sourced correct Bosch 022 distributor and had it restored
Remove engine and replaced the following:
Crank seal
Fuel pump o-ring/plate gasket
Removed tins
Resealed two engine case half bolts
Replaced positive battery cable end
Major service
Oil change/filter
Spark plugs
Valve and timing adjustment
The exterior looks great, especially for being painted 25-years ago. It has some minor nicks and chips, but nothing major. There’s a scratch the length of the wheelbase on the passenger side down near the bottom and is only visible when car is on a lift. The passenger door has a few small paint-prep bubbles. They’ve been the same for over 15-years. The chassis appears dry and straight with no major rust or rot. There were some older repairs on the floor decades ago that have held up well. It looks like the battery box has been replaced as well. The rockers are dry and the jack points look great. The glass is in good shape with no significant scratches or chips. Most of it appears original with the exception of a newer windshield. All the brightwork also looks good considering the age with minor pitting. The rare factory electric sunroof fits properly and has the correct c-pillar drain holes. The 15” wheels look restored and are wearing Michelin XVS tires (175/70) with near full tread. We aren’t sure how old they are, but there are no cracks or other signs of age. The brakes have at least half-life remaining. All the exterior lights work properly.
The interior is mostly new. It smells and looks it. The Fibersteel speedster seats are the perfect touch. They feel great. The headliner, carpet, door panels, and dash pad are all perfect. All the gauges work properly as well as light up. The original VDO clock even works although loses time when parked.
This 356 drives very tight and makes a wonderful sound. It starts easily with very little coaxing. Once warmed up, it pulls very strong through the rev range with no hesitation. The power is much improved over stock. The transmissions shifts smoothly between gears with no grinding or slipping. It’s a bit stiff getting into reverse due to the new shifter assembly and lock out spring. The brakes have excellent stopping power with no fading or pulling. Handling is crisp and light. It tracks straight and is well composed along the open highway or tight twisty bits. This 356 would be fantastic on any vintage touring event or could even be used daily.
California registration is paid to November of 2020.
This 356 SC comes with extra keys, spare wheel (no tire), original jack, plastic trunk liner, copy of Porsche Kardex, original Porsche COA, and 25-years of receipts.
**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.
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