Introduced in July 1963, the Porsche 356C would be the finale in a long line of beautiful Porsche 356 sports cars. Offering a similar body shape to the previously released 356B T6 body style, the only outward difference between the two was the wheels, or more precisely the hubcaps. The 356C hubcaps looked like a disk and were flat, as opposed to the two other types, which protruded out from the wheel. The 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, which is the soft-top version of the Coupe, is often considered one of the most desirable of the 356 models. Thanks to its open-top design and classic sports car appeal, the 356C Cabriolet is a great purchase for any classic car enthusiast or Porsche collector. In total, approximately 933 of the 356C Cabriolet models would see production in 1963, whereas 8,275 Coupe models would roll off the production floor.
One other area that saw improvement on the 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet and Coupe models was the dash, which now offered a magnetic catch for the glove box. Additionally, the passenger grab handle to the right of the dash became larger, was now made of plastic, and was angled so it was easier to grab. A panel under the ashtray would accommodate the wiper switch and cigar lighter. Embodying all the changes and improvements that would be developed throughout the 356 line, it is easy to understand why so many classic Porsche buyers search for 356C models to add to their collection. The price you pay for your 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet is almost always directly correlated to its condition. Restoration costs can be quite high, so it is best to look for a car in the best condition you can afford. Generally speaking, the 356C Cabriolet models fetch asking prices significantly higher than that of the Coupe version, as the Coupe models are more readily available in the classic car marketplace. Another great concern to any buyer should be rust, as these cars had minimal rust protection. Always have any potential purchase inspected by a qualified professional prior to purchase.
These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips that the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club has learned over their years of experience in the classic Porsche marketplace. Whether you’d like to learn more buying tips or want to explore their online inventory of 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet models, connect with their California classic car dealership today to get started. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you achieve all your classic car goals.
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