1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

Originally built on March 3rd, 1965, this 356 Cabriolet is said to be among the last 240 Model Cs built, and was sold in October 1965 by Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, Florida. This highly original 356 is accompanied by binder full of receipts and a logbook of maintenance including fuel fill ups dating back to 1966. The numbers-matching engine was rebuilt in 2020 with Weber carburetors and has since traveled less than 3000 miles, and the braking system was flushed as well as new Vredestein tires and Koni shocks installed in January of 2021. Reading 87,876 miles on the odometer, this 356 is now being offered at auction by the seller based in Florida.

This 356 is finished in Signal Red (R601) with a black soft convertible top, and features mostly original paint, with the exception a small area on the rear driver’s quarter panel that has since been repaired, repainted, and blended. The exterior has been wet-sanded to restore the original color, and there are several rock chips showing rust in the front bumper, around the headlights, and the front body below the front bumper. The seller reports no rust evident underneath the vehicle, and a small dent near the grab handle on the hood. The seller has installed SMD LED headlights, LED front turn signals, and CU-Layer LED taillights. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a photo of the damage to the driver’s rear quarter panel prior to being repainted. The 15” steel wheels wear a chrome finish and are mounted with new Vredestein Sprint Classic tires displaying date codes from 2021.

The period-correct black interior is said to be in excellent shape, according to the seller. Interior details include new black leather front seats, new German square weave carpeting, a color-coordinated dashboard, LED dashboard lights, VDO instrumentation, and a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. The seller reports all accessories are fully functional besides the analog clock.

The original numbers-matching engine was professionally rebuilt in 2020 with Weber carburetors and 1750cc cylinders, and the original Solex carburetors are said to accompany the sale. In addition to the engine rebuild, the braking system was checked and bled, and new Vredstein tires and Koni shock absorbers were installed in January of 2021, as well as new shifter bushings, new weather stripping, new axle boots, and a new cabriolet top.

This sale will include 2 sets of keys, owner’s manuals, a tool roll, a spare wheel and tire, a car cover, a binder of records, a blackbook of mileage and maintenance, an original luggage rack, and a tonneau cover. 


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  • Auction End: 2022-05-15 20:19:01+00:00
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Comments (25)

  • BarryLe (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    This 356C Cab is worth the asking bid after all of the rust related repairs are completed and a high level paint job has been done. This 356 should have sold at the high bid.

  • rb77 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $102,000

  • diaval9 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $99,999

  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $75,000

  • BarryLe 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $72,000

  • eurowestgroup 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $70,500

  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $70,000

  • verhaus 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $68,356

  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $67,500

  • pmaguire 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $65,000

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 monthago

    @cmaxcliff The large hole you speak of is approximately 5by2 inches. I have sent the pictures to the owner and operator of a high end body I have used. His estimate to fix the issue would be less than $1,000. He has volunteer to come an personally look at the car. If his opinion changes I’ll correct his estimate
    before the auction ends
    Hope this helps.

  • Silverbullet (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Thanks for your comments/answers.

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 monthago

    @cmaxcliff I am currently away from the office. When I return I will look at that latch.

  • tampabaysportscars (seller) 1 monthago

    @Silverbullet @Silverbullet, thank you for your questions. My client has written to us to answer your questions directly.

    "See pictures # 19 and 85. We will post a better picture of the battery box area. There is no rust there.

    The Frunk hinges have never been bent. Pictures will be uploaded.

    Per the Kardex, the color is Signal Red. The car has mostly original paint and has never been repainted. The rear quarter panel was repaired last year. Pictures of the paint meter readings for that area indicate this.

    The top is in good condition and operates as it should. The latches secure well. The bows of course are wood and over time they can bend. But the top seals well and the middle latch has been shimmed (as is recommended) to make sure of that.  The outside top cover was recently replaced because the zipper broke.

    With regard to your comment about being a good candidate for restoration,  the only thing this car needs is a re-paint to bring it up to top quality. The prior owner did not wish to re-paint believing that it was best to retain the original paint and live with the surface rust spots shown in the pictures. The interior has been refreshed with new leather front seats and new German square weave throughout.

    The floor mats are original and in good shape. And the floor pans below are original and in very good condition.

    Good luck with the bidding and thanks for your questions. This car is a little rocket with the Webers and extra displacement and will make the winner very happy. "

  • cmaxcliff (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    In the driving video the center top latch is not locked. Does it lock or is their a fit issue that won't allow it to be used?

  • cmaxcliff (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Thank you for posting the clear underside pictures. I can see the large rust hole now.

  • Silverbullet (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    The car looks like it has good bones for restoration. Four requests/questions: 1) When was the car painted and what was the original color? 2) can you add a picture of the battery box area without the spare and the gas talk including filler area without the cap 3) please add pics around the hinge area underneath the hood looking at the hood reinforcement area. So many 356’s have a kink in this area as people sometimes try to close the hood before lifting first. 4) how well does the top mechanism to fold down and open the top?


  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $57,000

  • mar2ney 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • Veesley 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000


    Underside photos have been added to the listing gallery.

  • Edmanrunning 1 monthago

    Bid in the amount of $500

  • cmaxcliff (registered bidder) 1 monthago

    Please post as many clear pictures of the bottom of the car as possible.

  • urfealex (registered bidder) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Very nice example. Could you please upload cold start, running, and driving videos? This would be very helpful. Thanks in advance

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1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet
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