1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe

Up for auction is this 1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe finished in Red over a fresh black leather interior.  Reported to have been sold new by San Diego Motor Imports of California during the final production year of the 356, this 1965 example is said to have been purchased by its seller in December of 2019 from its longtime owner of over 30 years.  Since then, this 356C has been treated to a full interior refresh, a braking system service, and an overhaul of the replacement flat-four engine.  Said to retain its original number’s matching 4-speed gearbox and come accompanied by original sales documents and extensive records, this 356C is now being offered for auction by its selling dealer out of California with approximately 77k miles shown on the 5-digit odometer (TMU).

The Karmann bodywork on this example is said to have been previously refinished, and the original color is noted to have been Signal Red.  The condition of the paint and brightwork are depicted in the photo gallery.  This example rides on a set of chrome 15” ventilated wheels with Porsche-crested hubcaps and Classic Radial all-season tires.

Recently under the seller’s ownership, the cabin is said to have been completely redone with all new black leather upholstery and correct-type grey square weave carpeting.  The seat cushions are also said to have been replaced along with the sun visors, rubber seals, front trunk carpet, and headliner.  The interior remains stock in its appearance with an original 3-spoke steering wheel and a refurbished Blaupunkt radio.

Power comes from a 1600cc air-cooled flat-four engine with dual carburetors. The rear wheels are driven through a numbers-matching 4-speed manual gearbox.  An unstamped replacement engine case is said to have been sourced during the 1970s, and the last complete engine rebuild is said to have been carried out during the 1980s.  Recently, the engine was removed to undergo a major overhaul including rebuilt carburetors, new piston rings, and all new seals and gaskets.  Other recent services in 2020 include the resurfacing of the flywheel, the replacements of the clutch assembly, battery, engine insulation, fuel tank, new Koni shocks, and a refresh of the brakes with rebuilt calipers new pads, and rotors.  Service records are said to be included dating back to the 1960s and images of the underside are provided in the photo gallery.

This sale will include a clean title and a collection of documentation.  This nicely sorted 1965 example is the perfect choice for any passionate air-cooled enthusiast looking to experience a Porsche 356.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $73,000
  • Auction End: 2021-02-02 20:40:00+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 18
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Comments (31)

  • S-Zuffenhausen911 6 monthsago

    Sold for $73,000

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    we are very close folks, I went ahead and lowered my reserve

  • S-Zuffenhausen911 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $73,000

  • edwinRLT 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $68,500

  • HFenelli 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $67,356

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    very motivated to sell this car today, just reduced the reserve.

  • S-Zuffenhausen911 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $65,000

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    some stuff in addition to all the work thats been done are steering coupler(porsche one), sway bar links and bushings, the Koni shocks make a huge imporvement on the ride quality, well worth the extra money( they look cool in red too), battery is a Optima Dry cell battery so no issue of possible acid leaking. The frakfurt radio I got from a great german Reconditioner, he makes them brand new, so nice to have people like him around. I wanted new Pirellis on the car but at the time I was doing all the stuff those were 6 months back oredered, these classics have a decent ride and as much as I like quality tires I was impressed with these. The seats have real Foam inserts so they don't sink when you sit on them and have much better support now, another area we could have gone cheap but that was not the plan here, the 4 piece foams are also expensive yet again worth the money.
    As mentioned in earlier comments the license plates on the car have been on it since day one, July 1965, just validating a true all time CA car. service records are about 90 pages, dating back to 1965 as well. The major ones are on a seperate PDF showing all the big stuff, few engine rebuilds, many clutch jobs and other things. I also have a folder with the work and pictures of the previous restoration, they redid the interior in beige but we changed it back to black

  • HFenelli 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $61,356

  • TomP852 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $59,356

  • HFenelli 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $58,356

  • edwinRLT 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $55,356

  • 9146gth 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $52,000

  • edwinRLT 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $50,356

  • 9146gth 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $47,000

  • grnstneFred 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $45,000

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    It's the last few hours of the auction, if anyone needs any additional info, photos of certain area let me know, the steering wheel is original and shows wear, the only part of the car tht was not touched, if the winning bidder wishes to have it wrapped in Leather I could have that done in less than a day and no cost to them, I've seen a few original steering wheels from 356 cars being done in Leather and looked really good, I left it alone so the new owner could decide.

  • Rowej 6 monthsago

    @CARS458 when I mentioned the previous auction, I was sincere that I hope it sells. As in any auctions, a success means that the right bidders and sellers agree on a price, at the same time. The “same time” is the key. I have read many comments on many auctions like: “I would have gone higher, but was in a meeting, wish I had seen this last week, what was I thinking, just need per a little more time, the auction ended and I wasn’t at my computer. I wasn’t suggesting that something was wrong, people buy for different reasons. Some want a concours queen, others want a driver, and pay different prices for what they are looking for.

  • Neverenough 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $42,000

  • edwinRLT 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $40,356

  • Neverenough 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $32,000

  • S-Zuffenhausen911 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $30,356

  • airpower (registered bidder) 6 monthsago

    NIce car! lots of original stuff peeking through.... REAL carpet is now NLA, very nice condition here ; headliner too; motor is configured as original; LIKE IT!

  • Neverenough 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $7,356

  • jimschrager 6 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    crank case swap is on the service records, it was craked at the time, I guess in today's world you'd do everything to save it but back in 79 they would just swap it or for what ever reason that was the decision they made. they trasfered the crank and cylinders from the original motor. I don't want to start a conversion about a past auction, somene here mentioned that, I have to say when this car was listed on the other site the timing was off, everyone was busy with the holidays. Thanks again and happy bidding.

  • CARS458 (seller) 6 monthsago

    if any interested party would like to see photos or videos of a paticular part of the car please let me know, I could do that. as mentioned service records date back to July 1965, the license plate you see on the car is the origial plate from 65 and and is been with the car since day one, it's recorded on every single service record too which is cool.

  • TomP852 (registered bidder) 6 monthsago

    What's happening? Is something with this car we don't know? First comment said it had failed in the previous auction. Only thing against it that I can see is no numbers matching. Not original engine. Anyone knows why no bids or even comment??

  • SSTwin (registered bidder) 6 monthsago

    @Vietnam6871; Send money. I'll bid! :-)

  • Vietnam6871 (registered bidder) 6 monthsago

    So, why is this car snakebite? I have a 65 SC Ruby red/black and the only significant difference is that it is all original and the engine was totally rebuilt starting with an align bore and ending with about 125HP. Where is everybody? The reserve has to be around $90K and that isn’t bad. Come on folks, I don’t need another 356. As an “original” Porsche owner (plus 3 other Porsches), let’s see some bidding!

  • Rowej 6 months, 1 weekago

    Nice looking driver.Good Luck with the auction on this site, since the last one didn’t end up with a buyer. You should remove the last picture that isn’t part of this car.

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1965 Porsche 356C Karmann Coupe
Final bid: $73,000 This auction has ended.