Our Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 2000 GS Coupe, or four cam, is the most sought-after iteration of the iconic Porsche 356. This very well-presented example is one of just six RHD UK delivered cars, complete with factory electric sunroof, making it extremely rare. It remains a complete matching numbers car with the all-important quad cam engine.
The importance of the 356 in Porsche’s illustrious history is sometimes forgotten. The 356 set out the platform that the 911 would adopt and formed the basis which would enable the company to grow. The 356 was equally fantastic as both a road car and racing car and helped to cement Porsche’s place in the pantheon of motorsport greats.
Chassis number 127338 was supplied new by AFN Ltd, London in the special-order colour of Bali Blue by its first owner, privateer Ferrari racing driver, Chris Keaton. He kept the car in the UK but registered on German plates so that he was able to drive the car to and from race circuits all over Europe. He retained the car for fifteen years until it was sold in 1978 to Porsche enthusiast John Hearn. Hearn only kept the car for four years before he sold it in 1982 to Manfred Knebel, who was a German four cam engine specialist. Manfred kept the car for twenty years during which time it was extensively used. Before selling the car in 2006, the engine was fully rebuilt. The car then came back to the UK when purchased by renowned car collector Josh Rushden. This was the first time that the car was registered on UK plates despite being a UK delivered car. During Mr Rushden’s ownership the car was regularly maintained by classic Porsche specialists, Maxted-Page & Prill Ltd. In 2007 the car took part in the Tour de Espana-Portugal where it achieved second place overall in the regularity class.
This kind of pedigree only goes to further emphasise how fantastic this car is with its history and in its presentation. The car is in near concours condition and represents an incredibly rare opportunity for a Porsche collector to acquire and incredibly important piece of Porsche’s history and heritage.