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 587. The new engine offered much more increased low-end torque making it suitable for everyday driving.
Chassis number 125002 was completed by Porsche in Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen on the 27th of June 1963 and delivered new in Germany via Muller the Porsche dealership in Hannover on 1st of July 1963.
The Carrera 2 left Germany in 1969 heading to the US to meet its new owner Gill Fritz. After only a short ownership Fritz sold the car to Ron Anthony of Maryland, who again owned 125002 for a short while, selling to Paul Shalita of New Jersey. It then sold to long term owner Geoff Fleming also based in New Jersey around the mid seventies.
Geoff Fleming was the custodian of the car for nearly 4 decades before selling the car to its current owner, well-known 356 Porsche collector Vince Bobba. Vince purchased the Carrera 2 in 2012 and has meticulously restored the car over the past several years.
The original engine was replaced in the late 1960’s and in its place an unstamped set of early factory cases, showing the 692 casting numbers. These were used until around engine had covered 97,200 miles when the 587 casting arrived.
The engine is concours correct on the outside, inside it has been significantly improved. It has higher compression NOS 904 pistons and cylinders, along with RSK intake cam lobes and 904 exhaust cam lobes. All subsystems have been carefully rebuilt. The performance from 3000 RPM to 6500 is stunning. After rebuild it was run-in on a dyno several different times over a two day period and achieved full power runs at 8000 RPM’s. It runs perfectly and again, is very quiet
***PLEASE NOTE…THE ORIGINAL ENGINE (97 287) IS AVAILABLE AND CAN BE REUNITED WITH THE CAR!
RESTORATION OF 125002
The restoration of a panels matching car was then completed. The wheels are dated 3/63. It has it’s fully functional annular brakes and is fitted with Pirelli tires. It has around 100 Km since the restoration. It has a new fuel delivery system from front to back. The front suspension has the larger 17.5mm sway bar, coupled with new tie rod ends and a NOS ZF steering box. The front spindles have been completely remachined and rebuilt. The car drives very smoothly and stops as it should. All components inside the transaxle were redone and the car, although fitted with it’s original steel intermediate plate(which is in general more noisy) is very quiet. All bearings and synchros are new. The engine starts right up and also runs smoothly and quietly, a testament to the careful rebuild.
The inside of the engine compartment is clean and correct. Every clamp and hose was carefully sourced or restored.The car has a new wiring loom. The interior was done by Autos International and fits nicely. All dash components were either restored or replaced with NOS parts. Everything works as it should. On the exterior, the car has all new glass, with the correct decals/etchings. All brightwork was done by Concours Refinishing.
This car represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully restored 356 Carrera 2, supplied with comprehensive restoration file, original tool kit, factory manuals, glove box accessories and current condition report by two of the worlds leading Porsche 356 experts Pete Bartelli and Victor Miles” .
The car can be shipped anywhere in the world.
For more information about this Porsche 356 Carrera 2 for sale please contact Mick Pacey on +44 (0)1908 921256 or +44 (0)7956 349877.