Auburn Fall

The Auburn Auction Park
2 - 5 September 2021
Lot 6058

1965 Porsche 356 C Coupe by Karmann

The King Collection


$82,500 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



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  • Offered from the King Collection
  • A nice 356 C with disc brakes
  • Factory-correct Ruby Red over a Black interior
  • A German-delivery example with good restoration potential
  • Accompanied by Kardex copy, spare

Delivered to Jacob Fleisschhauer’s VW-Porsche agency in Cologne, Germany on 29 October 1964, this Ruby Red over Black leatherette 1965 Porsche 356C coupe was soon sold to its first owner, Ingrid Lyras of Hagen. Its included Kardex copy shows it was ordered with an optional chromed horn ring, a lockable radio antenna, and an optional rear camber-compensating spring, which was standard equipment on the performance-oriented Super 90.

While we do not know how long Frau Lyras owned the car or anything of its subsequent ownership, this pretty C coupe eventually landed in the collection of American 356 enthusiast Richard Q. King of Ohio. After many years in storage, it is now being offered for sale by his estate. At some previous point of its ownership, its original 75-horsepower 1600 C engine was replaced with a 1960 356B 1600 Super of equal output.

The car has been repainted in the past few years in its original color and retains its color-coordinated Black interior. The car now wears a set of chromed steel wheels, with a set of Porsche-crested disc-brake hubcaps. While there is no radio in the dashboard—a factory blanking plate presently fills that space—there is a Pioneer Super Tuner 3 installed in the glovebox that feeds audio to a pair of Pioneer speakers.

The paintwork is in fair condition, given its age and the car’s history. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed 30,954 miles, but the total mileage driven is unknown. After Mr. King’s estate decided to sell the car, it retained a professional appraiser, whose included report (available on file) notes that the front seat covers are in good condition, but some of the rear carpeting needs replacement. The driver’s door armrest needs repair.

Nicely presented, though showing some signs of use, this 356 C Coupe could serve as an enjoyable driver or a good candidate for a full restoration.