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For Sale at Auction: 1962 Porsche 356 in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. 156635
Engine No. 702182
Transmission No. 54984

According to a digital copy of the original Porsche factory warranty card, or Kardex as its officially referred to, this charming 356 B 1600 Super was completed at the Zuffenhausen-based Porsche factory during Spring of 1962, in the desirable "T6" Cabriolet configuration, with the Reutter-built bodywork painted Rubinrot (Ruby Red) and the well-appointed interior trimmed in Black, just as is appears today. The Porsche was equipped with the higher-horsepower Super engine, which it retains today, along with its matching four-speed transaxle. The selling dealer was Competition Motors of Hollywood, California, the now-legendary authorized agent for many exotic European sportscars, catering to both the Rich and Famous as well as the exciting SoCal sports and racing scene during the 1950s and 1960s, run by accomplished businessman and racing driver Johnny von Neumann. Further bolstering the history this well-kept 356 is the original service book accompanying the car, which corresponds with the Kardex of course, and denotes that the first owner was a Mr. Guert Axler of Beverly Hills, CA. The first stamps in the service book are done at the Porsche HQs and denotes "Stuttgart" as delivery place on April 13, 1962, so it is evident that Mr. Axler would have taken factory delivery of his new Ruby Red Porsche 356 Super Cabriolet and surely toured the capable sports car around Europe for the next few weeks. A couple service notes are made on the Kardex at German Porsche agencies, before Competition Motors would take on further servicing later in 1962, when the new Porsche would have landed in California.

It remains unclear for how long Mr. Axler would keep his Porsche in Beverly Hills, but the car retains its old black/yellow California license plates to this day - both front and back - and a thick stack of year registration stickers are affixed to the back one, indication this car likely never left California. The history picks up about a decade ago, when the Cabriolet was treated to an exterior repaint in the original Ruby Red color, refurbishment of the original chrome and brightwork, replacement of the Black convertible top in the correct padded canvas material, and a professional retrim of the interior in Black as original, overseen by PCA Judge Tom Drummond of Costa Mesa, California. It was evident at the time - as it is now - that the Porsche has led a sheltered life in the mild California climate, retaining its original body panels and matching numbers 1600 Super engine and transaxle.

Today this desirable 356 B "T6" Super Cabriolet presents very much like it did when first released to its first Beverly Hills owner in April of 1962 at the Porsche works, courtesy of legendary dealer Competition Motors. The exterior paint and interior have settled in nicely since being professionally redone, while the engine compartment has been kept preserved and original. This lovely Black-plate California car is offered with the aforementioned digital copy of the factory Kardex confirming its matching numbers status and early history, as well as the original Porsche pamphlet containing the original service book, a Blaupunkt manual for the elegant radio still adorning the dashboard and a driver's manual.

Vehicle Details

  • 1962 Porsche 356
  • Listing ID: CC-1837725
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356
  • Odometer:84277
  • Stock Number:PO24Lot_118
  • VIN:156635
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