The 1965 Porsche 356C marked the end of one of the most illustrious and recognized sports car lines in the world. First introduced in 1963, the 356C was the final generation of the 356 line and would retain the same T-6 body type of the 356B that it followed. The biggest characteristic that can help differentiate between the 356B and 356C is the smaller and flatter hubcaps that were used on the 356C. Specially designed to cover the four-wheel disc brakes and bolt pattern of the new Porsche 911, the 356C hubcaps did not protrude like the hubcaps used on previous 356 models. Approximately 1,689 units of the 1965 Porsche 356C were manufactured during this last year of production. The last ten 356’s, which were Cabriolets, were assembled for the Dutch police in March 1966, yet were designated as 1965 models. Today, the Porsche 356C is sought-after by both collectors and Porsche enthusiasts as it represents the epitome of the line and boasts all the changes in both mechanics and styling that would come throughout the car’s lifespan.
The 1965 Porsche 356C was available as both a Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as in a special 356SC model. The Porsche 356SC, which replaced the Normal, Super and Super 90 of the 356B series, offered the highest power output in the 356 engine series, boasting more than 90 horsepower. Other small yet significant changes that came about in the final years of the 356 included a magnetic catch for the glove box, a redesigned passenger grab handle to the right of the dash, a new panel under the ashtray that accommodated the wiper switch and cigar lighter, and the use of an electric tachometer in the 1965 models. When buying a 1965 Porsche 356C, these are some of the little details that can help you distinguish a true original from a kit or replica car. For more Buyer’s Tips like these, The Beverly Hills Car Club welcomes you to contact them at your leisure. They are always available for consultation and look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with you. In the meantime, they welcome you to view their online inventory to view the classic Porsche 356 models they currently have available or are expecting soon.
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