1965 Porsche 356SC Ruby Red Coupe



Engine Size


Transmission Type

4-speed Type 741

Body Style


1965 Porsche 356SC Ruby Red Coupe

This 1965 Porsche 356SC is a desirable Reutter-bodied coupe that was built on October 27, 1964.  A long time Arizona and recent California car, in 2021 it received a bare metal refinish in it’s original Ruby Red and full interior restoration in black leather.  It’s original numbers-matching 1.6L flat-four was fully rebuilt by Harry Pellow in 1996 and is paired with it’s original numbers-matching four-speed type 741 transaxle. Features include dual Weber carburetors, 15″ chrome wheels with chrome hubcaps, and a dash clock. Most recent services include new tires, brake master cylinder, brake hoses, brake fluid flush, new spark plugs and wires, valve adjustment, rebuilt distributor, engine timing adjustment and oil change. This 356SC is offered with original owner’s manual, service records, a Leitz luggage rack, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a clean California title.

Paint and Body

The car was delivered new in Ruby Red (6402) and was stripped to bare metal and repainted in 2021.  Exterior details include body-color bumpers with chrome bumperettes, a Leitz luggage rack, a driver’s side mirror, and exhaust outlets integrated into the rear overriders. The paintwork and exterior trim are shown up close in the photo gallery below.


The interior was reupholstered in black leather in 2021. Features include front bucket seats as well as folding rear jump seats, and a perforated white headliner. Grey square-weave carpeting covers the floors along with red and black Coco mats, and equipment includes fold-down rear seats, a locking glove box, and lap belts.

A wood rimmed three-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of green-letter VDO instrumentation that includes a 7k-rpm tachometer, a 120-mph speedometer, a combination gauge, and an analog clock. The five-digit odometer shows approximately 20k miles, and total mileage is unknown.

Wheels and Brakes

Chrome-finished 15″ ventilated chrome wheels were sourced from a 1967 Porsche and measure 5.5″ in width. They wear colored Porsche-crest hubcaps and are mounted with new Vredestein Sprint Classic 185/70HR15 tires.  The car is equipped with Koni shocks, and braking is handled by four-wheel discs.  A service including a new brake master cylinder, brake hoses and brake fluid flush was completed in April 2023.  The spare chrome wheel is mounted in the front trunk.


The original 1.6-liter type 616/16 flat-four (engine number 821519) is equipped with dual Weber carburetors and received a fully documented rebuild by Harry Pellow in 1996.  The engine features 86mm NPR forged pistons and cylinders for a displacement of 1,720cc, and the car has been converted to a 12-volt electrical system. Additional work performed in 2023 included rebuilding the Bosch 022 distributor, oil change, timing and valve adjustment, replacement of the spark plugs, fuel filter, and cleaning the carburetors. The battery has been recently replaced.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through the original type 741 four-speed manual transaxle.  Oil service was recently completed.


The documentation folder includes the original owners manual, factory paint color literature, service records from 1996 to 2023, and the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, which lists the production date, factory colors, engine and transmission numbers, and factory options.

The original jack, spare and original Leitz luggage rack are included.




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