Engine Size
1600 cc
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style

1963 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet VIN 159539

Completed October 22, 1963

Once in a very great while a truly great 356 comes along, VIN 159539 is such a car. It was owned by the sales manager Christopher Casler of European Collectibles for six years and was driven as a weekend driver for several years unrestored with the original interior. In 2012 a decision was made to do a complete ground-up restoration. The 356SC was completely taken apart and every aspect was addressed. The body was stripped to steel, prepped, primed and painted (4-month process). The paint was done to show level in a special ordered color “Bali Blue”. All the gaps and panel fit are perfect. All decks and doors match. Next, the undercarriage was stripped to steel and detailed including all the suspension. Original type sound deadener was installed in the interior and engine compartment, which makes the drive with the top up very quiet. Everything was re-chromed including the seat brackets, window frames, original 4.5” rims, chrome bezels, etc. The vent control on the dash, door handles, and lock cylinders were completely disassembled and restored by Victor Miles from Concours Refinishing, all the gauges were restored with new chrome bezels, the VDM clock was rebuilt to quartz mechanism by North Hollywood Speedometer, the original steering wheel was restored by Kock's Steering Wheel Restoration with the center spokes re-chromed, the Blaupunkt AM/FM radio was rebuilt, the chrome speaker surround grills were re-chromed with the correct cloth material installed, and all new rubber was installed. A complete new German interior was installed by Thomas Auto Trim from San Diego, California with attention to detail and originality. New wooden bows were installed on the original soft-top frame and 12 different red wine leather samples were inspected to pick the best color with the perfect grain. Over a 3 month period, the interior was done to perfection.

Mechanically all new suspension bushings were installed, the steering box was rebuilt, brake calipers rebuilt, new brake rotors and pads installed. The original 741 transmission was completely rebuilt with all new synchromesh & bearings. The original engine was taken down and inspected with perfect compression. The clutch and pressure plate balanced. All the engine sheet metal was powdered coated and the other parts CAD plated. 

The thing that sets this 356 apart from the rest is the quality of the restoration. Everything was done with nothing left untouched. After a 2.5 year restoration, it was done and was above and beyond all expectations. 

Shown three times 
1st in Class Street Concour Porsche 356 Club of Southern California Dana Point 2015 
1st in Class Street Concour Porsche 356 Club of Southern California Dana Point 2016 
1st in Class Street Concour Porsche 356 Club of Southern California Dana Point 2017

Offered with tools, records back to the 1970s, books, boot cover and Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, confirming matching decks, doors and driveline. Truly one of the best 356 SC Cabriolets that you will find. Everything has been done, finished in a beautiful correct color combination and truly a dream to drive! Well sorted and it has been driven 1500 miles since the restoration with no issues. 

One of the most desirable collector models is the 356 SC Cabriolet, introduced in September of 1963 for the 1964-year model. It was the best driving 356 built with plenty of horsepower! One of approximately 1,200 SC Cabriolets built. This 356 features all of the subtle improvements and updated details fitted to the 356 over the 15 years of the production run. 1600cc producing 95 horsepower engine with 741 manual 4-speed transmission and four-wheel disc brakes.


Engine Type
Engine Size
1600 cc
Fuel Specification


Body Color
Bali Blue
Body Style
Paint Type




Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console

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