The final generation of the Porsche 356 lineup would be released with the 1963 Porsche 356C, which had only minor visual changes from the previously released T6 body style 356B, but its new disc brakes would bring different wheels and hubcaps along with greatly improved stopping capability. Introduced for the 1964 model-year, the 356C could be easily identified by its disk-shaped, flat hubcaps. There were also two 356C models available, a standard C and an SC, which achieved the highest power output in the 356 series, as well as being available as both a Coupe and Cabriolet. Inside the car, a magnetic catch for the glove box marked one of the small changes, while the passenger grab handle to the right of the dash was made larger and a new panel under the ashtray accommodated the wiper switch and a cigar lighter. Production of the 356 peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, as the successor to the 356, the Porsche 911, was debuted in the U.S. market that same year.
When buying a 1963 Porsche 356C, it is important to remember that these cars are more than fifty years old; they are old cars with old characteristics. While the Porsche 356 is an enjoyable car to own and drive, it may not be suitable for everyday driving. However, if there were a model worthy of everyday driving, it would be the 356C. The Porsche 356C featured all the advancements that had come down the line during this classic’s production and gave buyers of the time the best driving comfort and performance offered by the Porsche 356C lineup. When buying a 356C, or any classic Porsche 356, it is also important to remember that the price you will pay is almost directly correlated to the condition of the car. These cars can be riddled with rust, so always be sure to have a pre-purchase inspection performed by a qualified Porsche mechanic. While rust is not necessarily a deal-killer, you need to keep in mind that restoration can be expensive depending on the overall condition of the car.
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