1964 Porsche 356C T6 Carrera 2 Cabriolet by Reutter
The exclusive 356C Carrera 2 Cabriolet, which only 28 are believed to have been built from 1964-65, is one the rarest Porsche road cars. This example was finished at the factory on 5/5/1964. It would be imported to the US from Germany in 1976 by then owner, Lieutenant Colonel Fromm of Hartford, CT. At that point the car's original 4-cam had been lost to history.
Fromm would put the car up for sale in 1977, and it would move on to Rick Cool of Fairfax, VA. He would own the car for only a short time, and the Cabriolet would move on to Rusty Ferrell of Utah in 1982 for $5000. During those years Ferrell would own five 356C Carreras, and would go on to restore the Cab. He sourced a correct 4-cam Carrera engine #97395 from Jim Shane of Salt Lake City and installed it in the car. Around 1989 the Cab would be sold to a European owner.
The next appearance of 160232 would at a Christie's auction in Tarrytown, NY on June 15, 1996 where the Cabriolet would fetch $134,500. In 2013, after a couple of owners, the car would begin a top-level, concours level restoration here at Canepa.
The Cabriolet was stripped down to its bare tub and installed on a rotisserie. Every system on the car was broken down to their component parts. Over the course of the next few years the Cabriolet was painstakingly restored. Piece by individual piece, all the components were rebuilt to factory specs. From paint to plating, all the parts were coated with their correct period finishes. From the brakes and suspension to the fuel and steering systems every element was restored to its correct specification. No system was left untouched, including every instrument being rebuilt along with the rare in-dash thermometer.
The interior was recovered in beautiful red leather, new hand-cut carpet was laid down, and every facet was done completely in-house at Canepa. The transaxle was rebuilt with new bearings, seals, bushings, and gaskets. Now that the car was approaching completion the amazing 4-cam engine was refitted to the car. Completely rebuilt, the 2.0 liter marvel is putting out 160hp at 7000 rpm.
After thousands of hours of labor this slate grey beauty is now one of the finest Carrera 2s in existence, and you could be the next owner of one of Porsche's finest and rarest automobiles.
72,162 kilometers = 44,839 miles