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1964 Porsche 356C Road Rally

Lot No.: 313

Registration: VOT 755
Chassis Number: 221391
Engine Number: 71668/616/16
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1600
Year of Manufacture: 1964
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 69,750
  • Built in December 1964, US registered in June 1965 and imported to the UK from Arizona in 1989
  • A proper road rally car that has been built and maintained by some of the best in the business 
  • Used extensively on many serious road rallies with excellent results. Many wins and class wins
  • The 95bhp, SC-spec, 1600 has been regularly rebuilt during its 25-year competition history 
  • In excellent all round condition and ready to use with correct FIVA papers and an MOT until 25/7/2019

Looking at the history file of this lovely left-hand drive 356C the early Porsche Kardex confirms that the car was built in December 1964 and first registered in the USA in June 1965. However, the article about the car that appeared in a 1994 edition of Porsche World magazine confirms that it was imported from Arizona here to the UK in 1989 and promptly won a Concours award at the Porsche Club event in Malvern!

Since then it was converted to road rally specification by its second UK owner, Mike Cornwell, who states in the article that he wanted a really solid base car for Eric Studer to prepare for road rallies. Eric fitted competition shock absorbers, a roll cage, and safety equipment as well as rebuilding the engine and gearbox. The inevitable Halda ( today the Halda has just been rebuilt and recalibrated by Neil Hubbard) and FIVA papers were also sourced (current until 3/2/2022) and the car has since been used extensively on many serious road rallies with excellent results. These included Mike competing on the 1991 Classic Marathon where he won an Alpine Cup and ran as a teammate to Sir Stirling Moss and Rosemary Smith. He repeated that event in 1992 and also took a class win on the 1993 Tulip rally, before entering two Monte Carlo Challenges and taking class wins in successive years.

The 1600cc engine, which is in 'SC' spec, produces 95BHP and has been regularly rebuilt during its 25-year competition history with the last class win on the 2009 Tour Brittania in the Touring category. Today, it also sports competition seats and front spot lamps which look very smart as the bumpers have also been removed. However, the original seats, original front and rear bumpers, and a couple of spare wheels all come with the Lot as spares.

It has benefitted from professional maintenance throughout its competition life with Eric Studer when owned by Mike Cornwell, and Francis Tuthill during our private vendor's long-term ownership.

So, in summary, this is a proper road rally car that has been built and maintained by some of the best in the business and has had a stress free last decade mostly being used for trips and journeys rather than competitive events. It is offered in excellent all round condition and ready to use with correct FIVA papers and an MOT until 25/7/2019.