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1963 PORSCHE 356B CARRERA II 4 CAM COUPE











1963 Porsche 356 B Carrera II Coupe
Chassis No. 122494
Like the Carrera GS that preceded it, the Carrera 2 was not designed as an outright racing car; rather, it was a fine grand touring car that offered a remarkable combination of comfort, speed and balance in a small, efficient package. To many early Porsche enthusiasts, the Carrera 2 was the ultimate road-going 356. It retained all of the characteristics that had made the original Carreras so popular with enthusiasts – an engine that loved to rev, unparalleled handling, outstanding brakes and unsurpassed quality – but it was free of many of the issues seen in earlier versions. The plain-bearing Type 587/1 engine was far more tractable than the early four-cam power plants – even Porsche’s engineers considered it to be a triumph. It was easily the most refined engine to date. It produced much more torque throughout the rev range and was far smoother than its predecessors. In addition, a number of clever changes made maintenance a much more manageable task than had been the case with earlier engines. The 2000 GS Coupe presented here is a true rarity, in that it is one of only a handful of Carreras built on the 356 B platform – the vast majority of cars were built using C-series underpinnings. This car benefits from a complete, professional restoration that brought it to its current formidable condition. The refined form of a Porsche is very appealing in elegant, subdued colors, and this car looks perfect in white with a brown interior, complete with rare corduroy seat inserts. The interior features all the correct Carrera gauges and is set off by a handsome wood-rim steering wheel with a deluxe horn ring. Being a GS Carrera, the car is complete with every luxury item offered, from a Blaupunkt radio to a heater. In its outward appearance, the Carrera is recognizable only to very knowledgeable enthusiasts. It is distinguished by a lovely aluminum side spear; Hella fog lamps, discreetly mounted under the front bumper; the appropriate Carrera exhaust skirt; and the absence of horn grills, allowing as much fresh air as possible to enter the front-mounted oil coolers. Its restrained presentation disguises the massive power plant found in the rear. The spectacular four-cam engine is authentic in appearance and the owner reports that it delivers outstanding performance. This car will be an exciting addition for any collector and is sure to attract the attention of Porsche enthusiasts. The Carrera 2 is one of the best all-around sports cars of the early 1960s, making it a top choice for fast road rallies, tours and weekend jaunts. Its rarity, condition and top-of-the-line appeal make it one of the most collectible 356 Porsches.