• Superb, restored 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet
  • Great driver level 356B Coupe 'driver's' car
  • Iconic 1963 Volkswagen Split Window Kombi bus

The purest Porsches in the eyes of many enthusiasts are the original rear-engined four cylinder 356 models built from 1948-1965 and Shannons have two fine examples going under the hammer at its Melbourne Summer Auction on December 9. 

The outstanding opportunity is the chance to purchase a fastidiously restored 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, presented in Bali Blue with Tan leather interior and matching fabric roof.

Delivered  new in Germany, but professionally converted to right hand drive, this lovely pinnacle variant from the 356's final production year, sits on steel wheels and is fitted with the optional rear-mounted luggage rack and a pair of classic flip-down Porsche rear seats.

This highly desirable and collectible Porsche is being sold with an owner's manual and service book, with Shannons expecting it to appeal to international buyers in the $230,000 - $260,000 range.

An attractive alternative for Porsche 356 enthusiast who are happy to forego the wind in their hair, is a nice, left-hand-drive 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe finished in the period Smyrna Green (Teal) with a contrasting black vinyl interior.

Presented in an appealing  period patina but with minor work to do to the bodywork and interior, it's a 'driver's' 356 that presents well, but offers the new owner the opportunity to tidy up the details and make it a standout.

As these early 356B Porsches are prized by collectors today as very useable classics, this example with further room for improvement, is expected to sell in the $70,000-$90,000 range.

A left-field alternative for enthusiasts of four cylinder, rear-engined German vehicles is a 1963 Volkswagen Split Window Kombi bus.

Used recently as an attention-grabbing mobile billboard for the vendor's mechanical workshop, this 1963 VW Kombi is nicely presented, but with room for further improvement.

Attractively presented in white over light blue paint and sitting on wide steel wheels with hubcaps and whitewalls, the Kombis three rows of seats have been re-upholstered, while recent mechanical refurbishment has been carried out of the vehicle's 1600cc engine and other mechanicals.

Priced to be enjoyed 'as in' or to have its collectible value enhanced through further tidying up, this early Kombi is expected to sell in the $50,000-$60,000 range on December 9.

For more details of December 9 Melbourne Summer Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au 
For information on specific lots, contact: Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 6).

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