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For Sale at Auction: 1965 Porsche 356C in Monterey, California

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 15 - 17 August 2019.
  • Very desirable California-delivery "C" cabriolet
  • Well-optioned example and a great color combination
  • Numbers-matching drivetrain
  • Includes copy of Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity


What's not to love about a delectably presented, numbers-matching Signal Red '65 Porsche 356 C Super Cabriolet that has spent its entire life in California? Completed in December 1964, it was delivered to Competition Motors in Culver City and sold new by Four J Motors in Huntington Beach. Per its factory Kardex, the first owner was Mr. Charles Hanks of Goleta, California. With a retail base price of $4,499, the addition of factory-installed optional chrome wheels and hubcaps, a pair of fog lamps, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, front seat belts, and delivery charge brought the selling total to $4,737.90. A Blaupunkt AM/FM radio and antenna were installed by the dealer.

A thorough refurbishment in 2015-2016 by 356 specialist Mark Miletich of Scotts Valley, California, determined that the hood, trunk, and doors were original, as were the main floors and longitudinals. Miletich replaced the front-compartment battery box floor with factory-correct sheet metal, repaired corroded areas of the doors and shut lines, and took care of some straightening around the nose. The car was then repainted in factory-original Signal Red.

Miletich also carried out a brake and suspension overhaul that included new discs, hoses, hard lines, and a replacement master cylinder. The well-detailed engine has been fitted with a big-bore kit and refurbished Solex P40-II carburetors, a full-flow oil filter conversion and sump extension, rebuilt distributor, and a secondary electric fuel pump. An Optima Red Top battery resides beneath a period-look cover in the front trunk, and the lighting has been upgraded. The cabin was reupholstered by Jeff Belardi Interiors of Watsonville with black leather and tan German square-weave wool carpet. The older folding top was reupholstered in black German canvas and still presents well.

Recently serviced, this very nice cabriolet is supplied with a matching canvas boot and tonneau, two sets of keys, a copy of the factory Kardex, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a restored Four J Motors license frame, and an owner's manual properly dated June 1964.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1217900
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Monterey, California
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356C
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:777835
  • VIN:161584

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