1964 Porsche 356

356 C 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1964
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Sunroof
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Slate Grey
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Grey
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

This desirable 1964 356 C model 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe was built on December 8th 1963, and delivered to Sonauto in Paris on January 8th, 1964.

The Porsche was ordered for “Baronne van Zuylen” of 60 Avenue Foch, Paris. "Baronne Van Zuylen" was Gabrielle “Gaby” van Zuylen, wife of Thierry Van Zuylen, descendent of a noble Dutch family originating from Utrecht. His grandfather, Stephen van Zuylen van Nyevelt was an early adopter to the automobile and a founding member of the Automobile Club de France. He was very active in early automobile racing as was his wife, Helene van Zuylen de Rothschild who was one of the first women to be involved in motorsport. Helene participated in the Paris-Amsterdam-Paris race of 1898 but under the pseudonym ‘snail’ as it would have been scandalous for a woman to participate at that time.

Gaby's Porsche was later referenced in an issue of Vogue, the author stating “Her tastes are as much outdoor as indoor. She drives her Porsche through the Norman lanes just as recklessly, and as expertly, as Baron van Zuylen drives his Ferrari. Her grey and red Porsche must have been striking and quite complimentary to her natural beauty. Gaby was often a muse for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and many others. She would grace the pages of Vogue frequently and was inducted into the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame List in 1978.

Today the car presents as a beautifully restored example, finished in its original Slate Grey with a black leather interior - though it was originally delivered with a red interior. In addition to the desirable Slate Grey specification, the car was further specified with fog lights and a Roadmaster horn. The car is fitted with an optional 70-liter fuel tank and a sunroof - both of which appear to be factory items, but we cannot say for certain given the lack of information on the factory Kartex.

Unlike many 4-cam Porsches of the era, this car retains its original, matching-numbers Carrera engine. The car is impeccably sorted, and is an absolute joy to drive. I highly suggest any interested party see the car in person (test drives are highly encouraged) to truly appreciate the quality of this particular example.

Far more ownership, restoration and service history is on hand for any seriously interested party, in addition to more detailed photos of the car.

This is not your average Carrera 2, and I welcome both inspections and reasonable offers.