1964 Porsche 356 SC

Estimate: $125,000 - $175,000

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At a Glance
  • Location
  • Wixom, MI
  • Vehicle Make/Model
  • Porsche 356 C 1600
  • Chassis No.
  • 216323
  • Exterior
  • Bali Blue
  • Interior
  • Black Leather
  • Mileage
  • 27,841 miles
  • Engine
  • 1.6-liter Flat-Four
  • Engine No.
  • 810991
  • Brakes
  • 4-Wheel Disc

The 1964 Porsche 356 SC

Produced from 1948 to 1965, the 356 allowed Porsche to gain a foothold as a manufacturer, while using Volkswagen parts from the beginning. Each model year saw progressive changes and improvements made by Porsche, drawing particularly from the lessons they learned as the company participated in motorsports globally. Both the factory efforts and extensive use in amateur racing found these little sports cars gaining in both popularity and sales with each successive year, culminating in over 14,000 examples being produced in 1964. 

The last version of the Porsche 356, designated the 356 C, started production in 1964. It proved popular enough in North America that they produced it for an extra year, before ending production completely in 1965. Disc brakes were the prime mechanical upgrade over the 356B from the previous year. But the “SC” option this example has, meant you got the 95 HP, 1.6 liter flat-four motor. That SC motor was the most powerful pushrod motor the 356 ever had installed from the factory.

1964, of course, also saw the arrival of the type 901, called the 911 for production. The 911 was a bigger and heavier car than the 356, with its flat six motor and roomier design. Quite a few brand enthusiasts preferred the older model, which is what motivated the company to extend production into 1965 to satisfy demand, selling the 356 alongside the 911 for that extra year. 

This example, a striking 1964 Porsche 356 SC Coupe, is beautifully restored in Bali Blue over a Black leather interior. Purchased by today’s owner in 2017, this example was in the middle of the full cosmetic and mechanical restoration, buying the car from a family friend. 

Mechanically, the car was refreshed from the ground up, adhering strictly to original factory specification for suspension, running gear, and gauges and switches. The full engine rebuild was performed by Automotive Techniques in Novi, Michigan. The only deviation from the stock equipment for a 1964 356 SC is the change to Weber carburetors, for improved performance and drivability for the current owner. 

Since completion, the car has seen roughly 50 miles of use, with its current condition beautifully reflecting a freshly restored car with such few miles. As an example of the vaunted Porsche 356, this car exemplifies the Porsche product ethos, benefitting from the countless upgrades that Porsche made to the 356 throughout its life, up to and including the desirable SC engine option, and the factory disc brakes. The full restoration was complete and handled by well-known and respected leaders in the field, all involved being careful to keep the car factory-correct in specification.


The 356SC has what’s designated as the T6 body type, incorporating changes first seen midway through 1962 in the “B” version. Visual differences were mostly limited to twin chrome grills on the trunk lid, a fuel filler flap on the passenger front fender, and coupe versions like this one being equipped with a larger rear window for better visibility. 

From the restoration, the body was refinished in the Bali Blue. Both front and rear bumpers and the chrome trim, while original to the car, were refinished as well. When the car was refinished, a new front windshield and rear window were installed.


The restoration was comprehensive inside as well. The seats were reupholstered in black leather, while carpets and headliner were also refinished. All gauges and the radio are period correct, and the chrome trim is in as-new condition.

Drive Train

The 1.6 liter, 95 hp flat four motor and transmission are correct for the car and are believed to be original to the vehicle. The only deviation from a standard 356 SC is the upgrade to Weber carburetors during the restoration. The suspension is fully restored and uses proper Porsche spec parts for the model year. The exhaust system is all new, and consumables like tires and brake pads are brand new as well.

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1964 Porsche 356 SC

Estimate: $125,000 - $175,000

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1964 Porsche 356 SC