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Rare orange ’65 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet


When you are a serious collector of a certain classic car nameplate, there comes a point where only the rarest and most-exceptional cars make the cut for a place on your team.

So it is with the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet that is not only in concours condition but is the only orange convertible produced that model year, which was the final run for Porsche’s much-loved 356.

Rare orange 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet | ClassicCars.com Journal
The Cabriolet includes a period-correct luggage rack

“Our ’65 356 is a turn-key, investment-grade vehicle that is ready to be showcased in the world’s elite concours,” according to the Mooresville, North Carolina, dealer advertising the 356 on ClassicCars.com.

After a total, bare-metal cosmetic and mechanical restoration by a Porsche specialist, the Cabriolet received a number of awards and accolades at prestigious concours and car shows, the seller says.

“It was recently recognized by FlatSix.com as one of their favorite 20 Porsches from Monterey 2016,” the seller notes. “It received a podium finish at Werks Reunion in 2016 and it was the recipient of the Palmetto Award at Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance 2016. This year, it was awarded best in its class, 356 Open, at Amelia Island.”

Rare orange 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet | ClassicCars.com Journal
The interior is in immaculate condition

Model year 1965 was the last for the lengthy reign of the 356 as Porsche introduced its all-new 911 to the world, the sellers adds. “Porsche continued to sell the 356 C as demand for the model was extreme in the early days compared to the heavier and more ‘civilized’ 911.”

This Cabriolet with its unique color combination is described by the seller as “flawless.”

“Our 356 is the only Continental Orange Cabriolet produced for the 1965 model year,” the ad says. “It comes dressed in its striking orange exterior with a stunning black leather configuration.

Rare orange 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet | ClassicCars.com Journal
The underside also looks like new

“No expense was spared in the restoration and every effort was made to preserve as many of the original components (down to nuts, bolts, etc.) versus replacing them with new ‘off-the-shelf’ parts. Many of the original components including the wheels were professionally re-chromed and are absolutely stunning. The black leather interior is brand new and was completed by one of the best in the business.”

The premium car commands a premium price tag. Contact the dealer for pricing on this one-of-a-kind Porsche. Although this 356 C is not the higher-powered SC model, it does represent an unbeatable piece of Porsche history from a time when the German sports-car company was winding down its original, triumphant 356.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Hello Sir
    I’m French and I’d know the exact paint cod of this orange
    Is it possible to inform me ?
    Best regards
    Olivier Denys


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