1964 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe

Now up for auction is this 1964 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe finished in Light Ivory over a black interior. Originally sold by Vasek Polak Porsche of Manhattan Beach, CA. this 356C is said to have been cared for by two different owners in California before being purchased and relocated to New York by its current owner in 2009.  Highlighting a Kardex-verified numbers matching drivetrain and a recent major service which included new seals, gaskets, spark plugs, and more, this well-sorted and nicely preserved survivor 356C is now being offered for auction out of New York accompanied by records, tools, manuals, and the original sales invoice from Vasek Polak.

The Karmann bodywork is presented in its factory-specified color of Light Ivory.  The entire car is said to have been refinished following an accident during the early 1980s involving the right-side headlight area. All original body panels, windows, and floor pans are said to have been retained. Extensive professional dent removal was carried out recently, and the seller notes some minor paint chips and other signs of patina, additional images are provided in the photo gallery. Notable exterior features include dual fender-mounted mirrors, orignal chrome brightwork, and original date-stamped 15” steel wheels with chrome hubcaps and period-style Vredestein Sprint Classic tires.

Inside, you will find a nicely patinaed black upholstered interior with its original seats, headliner, carpets, and dashboard retained. Other details include a three-spoke steering wheel, Coco front floormats, tan lap belts, and the original transistor AM radio.

The original air-cooled 1600cc flat-four engine is equipped with dual downdraft carburetors and was factory rated at 75 HP.  Power is sent to the rear wheels through a numbers-matching 4-speed manual gearbox, images of the drivetrain stampings are provided in the photo gallery along with the Kardex.  Since the current owner’s purchase in 2009, the car is said to have traveled approximately 600 miles. A recent service is said to have been carried out in January of 2021 which included an oil change, new battery, spark plugs, a fuel filter, and the replacements of the oil sump gaskets and pushrod tube seals. This 356C survivor is reported to be in strong running order and is ready to be enjoyed out on the open road or on display at your next car show.

This sale will include the original toolkit, owner’s manuals, some assorted spare parts, service records, the original sales invoice, and a transferrable New York registration.  A high-quality survivor example, this Karmann Coupe is an excellent choice for any enthusiast eager to get behind the wheel of a classic Porsche 356.


Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $62,000
  • Auction End: 2021-04-19 19:40:00+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 8
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Comments (18)

  • DriverM (seller) 1 yearago

    Thanks to all for bidding.

  • Kenbartone 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $62,000

  • UAE 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $55,250

  • bakerjack 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • shakes 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000

  • maxpower 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $45,000

  • fcrapella 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $5,500

  • Rmmotorwerks 1 yearago

    Bid in the amount of $2,500

  • Bondtrader (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    Two years ago I had a never restored, but patched 356 C with a quality repaint and new carpets. Owned the car for over 30 years. But Needed new floors and longitudinals. When I finally decided to replace them I selected a mark 356 restorer. The car then slipped down through the rabbit hole of restoration. 78k later the cars looks like it just rolled out of the factory. Before this I restored Austin-Healey’s. My point: you never, never know what needs to be done until the paint, bonding and brazing are removed. Survivor car? Well at least you know the cost up front.

  • Darren04 (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    This car was on BaT a few months back and bid to $71k. Seller clearly hoping for more.

  • maze 1 year, 1 monthago

    Seems like a pretty solid tub with a few spots that raise concern like the rust on the door bottom.
    Survivor cars are indeed rare and this one has had accident damage and a full repaint. Survivor?
    Patina is nice, but this interior has gone beyond that and is worn out.
    Easy car to restore, enjoy and make your own patina to cherish in the years to come. That would be cool.

  • DriverM (seller) 1 year, 1 monthago

    @Bondtrader While some might consider this a restoration candidate, I would much rather put it in the survivor category. Survivor cars are a rare breed and are becoming more coveted.
    The interior, service sticker on the drivers door, original carpets, seat belts......etc. tell a story of the cars life and history.
    While not for everyone, once understood it's pretty cool.
    The car is incredibly reliable and very drivable in it's current condition.
    I'd be glad to show it to you and go for a test drive if you have any interest.

  • porscheklaus (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    Looks like a remarkably honest car. Me, I wouldn't to a bloody thing to it.....perhaps a nice set of coco's

  • Bondtrader (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    This car will establish what restoration candidates are worth.

  • DriverM (seller) 1 year, 1 monthago

    @artichoke Photo #135 shows minor damage that occurred in the early 80's. That was the only damage the car has had. The miles are believed to be the actual miles. Documentation going back to the 90's shows the milage consistency and the car is a true survivor. The interior is all original. The carpets, seats, dashboard, radio, steering wheel, clock, seat belts and door panels are all original. The tool kit is original and complete. The floor is original. This is a true survivor car that is next to impossible to duplicate.
    Some people prefer cars that have been completely restored and others prefer real patina that shows the history and age of the car.
    What's great about this car is that it still retains the solid feel of a car that has never been taken apart. It's solid and runs incredibly well.
    Every time I get in this car for a drive it amazes me. It will bring a smile to it's next fortunate owner's face.

  • artichoke (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    Do you know if the milage reading of 42,830, needs a 1, 2 or higher number in front of it?

  • artichoke (registered bidder) 1 year, 1 monthago

    Any previous accidents or body repair? Any body or pan rust? What is not original?

  • Dhaliwal 1 year, 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $1,964

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1964 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe
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