There are Porsche 356s and then there are Porsche 356s. One of the latter is going up for sale September 28 at the Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale in England.
One of only six right-hand-drive examples of its type ever built, this 1963 356 C Carrera 2 2000 GS Coupe is reportedly in concours condition; the auction house is giving the classic sports car a sales estimate of £550,000 to £650,000 ($923,000 to $1,091,000 CDN).
“Cars of this type don’t come to market very often, and right-hand-drive models hardly ever appear,” says Harry Whale, a classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.
In 1964, the high-performance Carrera 2 2000 GS would have cost twice the price of a standard 356, the car essentially powered by a race engine — a 2.0-litre quad-cam four-cylinder originally destined for competition 550 Spyders. In stock form for the 356, this engine put out 130 horsepower.
Other features of the car include front bumper guards, two small auxiliary oil radiators to improve engine cooling, larger fuel tank, and Porsche’s then-new ATE disc brakes, making it the first Porsche ever to feature four-wheel disc brakes.
Silverstone Auctions says this 356C presents in concours condition, with 85,798 recorded miles on its odometer. It is accompanied by a history file as well as its original handbooks and manuals.
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