Now available is this restored 1965 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet finished in Ruby Red over a black leather interior. The final iteration of the 356 was built for model years 1964 and 1965 with the SC version representing the top-range trim level. It came equipped at the time with state-of-the-art four-wheel disc brakes and a powerful 12-volt electrical charging system. This 1965 Cabriolet, complete with its original numbers matching engine and transmission, has been treasured by its owner for more than 40 years and is now being offered for sale out of Pennsylvania.
After acquiring this Cabriolet in 1981, the current owner had it professionally stripped to bare metal and then refinished in its factory-specified Ruby Red color. Some minor blemishes are depicted in the photo gallery. The car is fitted with factory-optioned chrome wheels and a matching driver’s side mirror. The seller reports that the convertible soft top and plastic rear window remain original.
The black leather seats have been reupholstered and the original square-weave carpet has been replaced with new material. The factory door cards remain in place along with most other original trim pieces. All gauges, including the VDO clock, are original and said to be in proper working order. The Blaupunkt ‘Frankfurt’ AM/FM/SW radio and two speakers are also original to the car and remain fully functional.
Equipped with Solex 40 PII carburetors, the 356SC generated up to 90 HP from the factory. The engine in this SC was rebuilt within the past 500 miles including a ‘Big Bore’ kit using Nickies pistons and cylinders. The distributor was rebuilt by Ed Fall of Vintage Werks, while the carburetors were restored by 356 Carburetor Rescue LLC. The transmission was refurbished by a reputable specialist and fitted with new synchronizers. Period-correct mufflers and tailpipes were installed, and all mechanical systems are said to have been thoroughly checked during a previous restoration. The seller adds that invoices totaling nearly $25k are available detailing the work required to reseal the engine, restore the transmission, and sort the mechanicals.
This sale will include a spare tire, tool kit, maintenance and restoration documents, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a clean title.