The 2 litre Carrera was the fastest road 356 ever built with a quoted top speed of 125mph. Actual sales began in April 1962 after being announced at the Frankfurt Show in September 1961 and the first Porsche with disc brakes.
The 2.0 Carrera used a variant of the Type 547 engine with a larger bore and stoke, having 1966cc. The larger cylinder wall meant that the block had to be both taller and wider and the type was changed to 578. The new engine offered much more increased low-end torque making it suitable for everyday driving.
Chassis number 123616 was built by Porsche on the 18th of April 1963 and delivered only a few weeks later by A.F.N. Motors in England to a Mr M. Hawley of Highgate in Birmingham on the 7th May 1963.
On June 13th, 1966 the car was bought by Mr Sydney James Jordan of Surbiton, Surrey till February 3rd, 1970, when he sold it to Mr Robin Frederick Lyndon-Prior of Beckenham, Kent who purchased the car from AFN Porsche for the sum of £1,325.00. Mr Prior sold the car 2 years later to John Piper, Chairman of Porsche Club Great Britain for the same amount of money.
In the mid 1970’s the car was exported to Australia and bought by Mr Linden Fairclough of Adelaide. This matching numbers Carrera 2 passed through several well-known owners in Melbourne when in 2000 the owner at the time, began a full restoration from bare metal. The body had survived the years well and prepared and was prepared and painted by Jan Willmot in the original Bali Blue. The full black leather interior and correct weave carpet was subsequently completed by Gary Blackman of Richmond.
The motor was fully rebuilt using genuine Porsche 904 pistons, increasing the performance to 160bhp from the standard 130bhp. Peter Hardt of Hardt Classics in Somerville meticulously restored and reassembled the remainder of the drivetrain, brakes, electrical equipment, completing the restoration in mid 2008.
In 2008 the car was purchased by Stewart Webster, a reknowned 356 dealer and collector, who decided to add it to his private collection. The Carrera 2 was entered in the 2009 356 National Concourse and was judged 2″d in show, beaten by only half a point.
In July 2013 the next and current owner bought the car when Stewart decided to liquidate his collection and retire. The car was registered under its original U.K. registration 292 NOJ, as the old R.F.60 Log Book shows. When the car arrived back in the U.K. it got a thorough a full inspection by a well known 4 Cam specialist.
To this day the car looks, smells and feels as it did fresh from a restoration.
UK registered with MOT and historic vehicle tax status, ready for immediate use.
For more information about this Porsche 356B Carrera 2 for sale in Newport Pagnell, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01908 216661 or 07956 349877.