Miles Through Time Exhibits
1964 Porsche 356
Make/Model: Porsche 356C
Owner: Jake Raby
Original Price: $4,564
About the Porsche 356
This 1964 Porsche 356c is not your typical version of this car. In fact, this car started life as a race car. The original owner purchased the car new specifically to race. Although the car has been beautifully restored there are still signs of its racing heritage. The windshield and back glass are still original and show pitting from racing. The window cranks were also removed to save weight. It is a very subtle difference, but if you’re a die-hard 356 fan you may have noticed this car has also been widened about 1 inch.
The power plant to this beauty is no longer original either. Raby built this 914-based 2.6 liter engine in 1999 at his shop LN Engineering, but he had to wait to install it in this 356 until he acquired the car in 2010. The engine is packing 227 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque which moves this car very easily. In fact, the car is on display in the museum awaiting a transplant for its third transmission, a future 5-speed that will be built by Jake to handle the additional power.
Originally, this car was a Light Ivory color, but it was ditched in favor of the 997 GT3 RS gray color code 7A1. The master shut-off switch is also still visible on the front left fender. The red tape on the steering wheel is also original and positioned to show the driver’s wheel location would mean he was going straight around corners. You can see this car in the November 2022 issue of Panorama pages 60-70.
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