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Lot 111

1965 Porsche 356 C 1600 C Cabriolet by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 161242
  • Engine no. 732783

Sold for $145,750


75 bhp, 1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual Solex carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with laminated torsion bars, parallel trailing arms, and tubular shock absorbers; independent rear swing axles with torsion bars and tubular shock absorbers; and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

  • Original matching-numbers drivetrain
  • Four owners from new
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity and copy of Kardex
  • An older restoration that presents beautifully


Not including the rare and costly Carrera, the 1600 C and SC Cabriolets were Porsche’s most exclusive road cars of the era, offering comfort, performance, and enjoyable handling, especially when fitted with a special, optional rear camber-compensating leaf spring that tamed any tendencies toward oversteer.

According to its Certificate of Authenticity, this lovely example left the factory on 20 October 1964 and was finished in Ruby Red over black leatherette with a black German canvas folding top. The Reutter-built Cabriolet was ordered with a broad range of desirable options, including Koni shock absorbers, a transverse rear camber spring, 165 × 15 Dunlop SP tires mounted on chrome wheels with painted crest center caps, an elegant wood-rimmed “LL” steering wheel, radio antenna and dual speaker package, and two pairs of seat belts. With 75 horsepower, the C Cabriolet could cruise easily at 80 mph and see the ton on a good day, while disc brakes at all four corners could easily scrub off speed.

According to its factory Kardex, this cabriolet was delivered through the Georg Rittersbacher agency in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, which catered to the American military community at nearby Ramstein Air Base. The first owner was a Dr. C. Van Vooren, who was attached to the 86th TAC Hospital at Ramstein, headquarters for the United States Air Force in Europe. The Kardex shows the doctor had his new Porsche regularly maintained by Rittersbacher until late July of 1965. In 1971, Dr. Van Vooren sold the car to an enthusiast in northern Minnesota, who retained ownership for 42 years. Less than five years ago, the car was subjected to a comprehensive cosmetic restoration that included a bare-metal re-spray in its original color scheme of Ruby Red. In late 2013, the car was entrusted to Todd Trimble at Trophy Performance in Las Vegas, Nevada, to be freshened. Work included a top-end engine rebuild with new valve guides, a full case re-seal with new piston rings and related parts, attention to the brakes, a seat bracket repair, and some minor electrical debugging, at a cost of nearly $6,000. A California collector acquired the cabriolet in early 2014 and sold it that summer to the current owner.

Now showing 90,939 miles on its odometer, this handsome and well-optioned cabriolet is supplied with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual, and a spare wheel, and it needs very little for club-level concours or enjoyable weekend touring.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

Cameron Smyth

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Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more