1963 Porsche 356 / 124097 Chassis Information

Chassis #: 124097
Sold for $643,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona.
Porsche's first production automobile would be a ground-breaking design that would set the stage for Porsche's name to be listed among the greatest sportscar manufacturers in history.

It is difficult to get it right in the first try. Porsche would do just that with its 356. The first prototype of the 356 would be completed in 1948. Advanced in all respects, from its chassis to its body, the new car would help to set a standard for years to come.

As with nearly every Porsche built to date, the design would be proven on the track almost immediately. Taking part in a race in Innsbruck, the car would win its class in its very first attempt.

Throughout its long production run, the 356 would undergo a number of evolutions. The 356 would be produced from late-1948 until the mid-1950s. The 356A would then take over until the end of the 1950s when the B version would be introduced. The B example continued until 1963 when the 356C saw the model line to its conclusion in 1965 and 1966.

Even within the production models there would be different iterations. Chassis 124097 would draw from Porsche's vast sportscar racing experience. Utilizing the Type 547 2.0-liter engine with its twin ignition, twin carburetors and four-cam actuation, the Carrera 2 was capable of producing an unheard-of 152hp.

Produced with four-wheel disc brakes and other important chassis improvements, the Carrera 2 would become one of the most popular examples of the heralded 356. The foundation was firm, so firm it would serve as the building blocks for the 904GTS about to make its appearance.

Carrying a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, 124097 remains incredibly authentic, even after more than fifty years. Bearing its original Signal Red livery and tan leather interior, the car is a virtual step back in time. But this would be just the beginning of this remarkable example.

Including a Blaupunkt radio, three-point safety belts, chrome wheels and even a fire extinguisher, it is clear this was a very special Carrera 2 Coupe. Originally delivered to Autohaus-Gramling in Karlsruhe in April 1963, the car's history would be a little unknown for about 25 years.

Then, in 1989, the Porsche would appear in the United States in the hands of Tom Vernen of Knox, Pennsylvania. Vernen would keep the Porsche near and dear for some 15 years before selling it to Robert Murch of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Even after decades of use, the car remained highly original. And, this would inspire Murch to have the car restored, but just cosmetically. This task would be undertaken in 2009 by Liberty Motorsports in Costa Mesa, California.

Acquired by its current owner in 2011, the Carrera 2 retained its authentic tool kit, jack, Type 587 engine, gauges, wood-trimmed steering wheel and tan leather upholstery, even the Signal Red livery remains as bright as ever.

Bearing a copy of Kardex and its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, 124097 would be offered for sale as part of Gooding & Company's Arizona 2015 auction. Pre-auction estimates reflected the quality of the automobile with the expected fetching price to range from between $550,000 and $650,000. Sure enough, when the bidding came to an end, the final sale price would be a handsome $643,500.

By Jeremy McMullen

2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$550,000-$650,000 
Sale Price :
$643,500

2019 2
2018 4
2017 3
2016 8
2015 6
2014 11
2013 15
2012 10
2011 8
2010 7

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$536,000$1,000,5002
2018$66,931$117,6004
2017$679,320$1,250,0003
2016$211,861$825,0008
2015$179,872$643,5006
2014$167,895$550,00011
2013$109,773$385,00015
2012$116,346$506,00010
2011$89,090$205,0008
2010$70,184$256,6547

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet
Chassis#: 158183
Sold for $1,000,500
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1963 Porsche 356B 'Super' Coupe
Sold for $71,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 'Sunroof' Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 125136
Sold for $117,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : The Porsche 70TH Anniversary Auction
 
1963 Porsche 356B Coupe
Chassis#: 214397
Sold for $49,500
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 212731
Sold for $53,900
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1963 PORSCHE 356 B
Sold for $46,725
  2018 McCormick's Auction # 64
 
1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet
Chassis#: 157310
Sold for $203,500
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1963 Porsche 356 image  
1963 Porsche 356 B Carrera 2 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 157116
Sold for $1,250,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS
Chassis#: 123909
Sold for $584,460
  2017 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1963 Porsche 356 C Karmann Coupé
Chassis#: 215963
Sold for $89,880
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1963 Porsche 356 C 1600 Coupé
Chassis#: 126183
Sold for $74,301
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Coupé
Chassis#: 123765
Sold for $107,856
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90
Chassis#: 123345
Sold for $194,438
  2016 Silverstone - The Salon Prive Sale 2016
 
1963 Porsche 356 B coupé modifié compétition
Chassis#: 215944
Sold for $66,811
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet
Chassis#: 157310
Sold for $187,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1963 Porsche 356 image  
1963 Porsche 356 B 2000 GS/GT Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis#: 122561
Sold for $825,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1963 Porsche 356 image  1963 Porsche 356 image  
1963 PORSCHE 356B SUPER 90 CABRIOLET Coachwork by Reutter
Chassis#: 15771
Sold for $149,600
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
 
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 121371
Sold for $71,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1963 Porsche 356 image  1963 Porsche 356 image  
1963 PORSCHE 356B
Chassis#: 123919
Sold for $71,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Palm Beach
 
1963 Porsche 356 B Super Coupe
Chassis#: 121894
Sold for $95,700
  2015 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Porsche 356's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet 2018 Mecum : Dallas$60,000  
1963 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 2000 GS Coupe1273382018 Silverstone Auction The Porsche Sale   
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe Coachwork by Reutter1238452018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $500,000$600,000
1963 Porsche 356 B Carrera 2 GT1240712018 Artcurial : Retromobile $800,000$1,200,000
1963 Porsche Super 90 Coupe 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1963 Porsche 356B Coupé2143192017 Historics at Brookland $66,000$72,000
1963 PORSCHE 356B SUPER 90 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$100,000  
1963 Porsche 356 B Carrera 2 Sunroof Coupe by Reutter1212982017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island $600,000$750,000
1963 Porsche 356B Coupe2112332017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az   
1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$160,000  
1963 Porsche 356B Coupé2143192016 Historics at Brookland $68,000$74,000
1963 Porsche 356 B 1600S1207092016 Coys : Mondial De L'Automobile Paris $60,000$70,000
1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet 2016 Coys : Schloss Dyck $115,000$125,000
1963 Porsche 356B S-90 Cabriolet – The McLane Collection 2016 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels   
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet1577882015 The Auburn Auction   
1963 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet1581692015 Mecum : Monterey$125,000  
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet by Karosseriewerk Reutter 2015 Auctions America Auburn Spring$170,000  
1963 Porsche 356B Super Coupe 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1963 Porsche 356B Coupé2137312015 Historics at Brookland $85,000$100,000
1963 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet by Reutter1580812015 RM Auctions Paris $150,000$200,000
1963 Porsche 356B S90 2014 Leake Auction : Dallas$170,000  
1963 Porsche 356B Coupe 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$48,000  
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$125,000  
1963 PORSCHE 356B CABRIOLET1584302014 Mecum Monterey$150,000$160,000$180,000
1963 PORSCHE 356B CARRERA 2 SUNROOF COUPE1212982014 Mecum Monterey$600,000$650,000$750,000
1963 Porsche 356B Coupe1227082014 H & H Auctions Pavilion Gardens   
1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Karmann Coupe2116352014 Silverstone : The May Sale   
1963 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet1592952014 Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction $120,000$150,000
1963 Porsche 356B Coupe 2013 Mecum Auctions Monterey$45,000  

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1963 Porsche 356 vehicle thumbnail image  1963 Porsche 356 vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche 356 1600 SC1963 Super 90 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Karmann
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis Num: 121298
Engine Num: 97079
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 121371
Engine Num: 609112
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis Num: 122561
Engine Num: 98016
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Carrera 2 Coupe
Chassis Num: 123210
Engine Num: 97201
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 123709
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 123845
Engine Num: 97236
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 124041
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Cabriolet C
Chassis Num: 157310
Engine Num: 609460
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Cabriolet C
Chassis Num: 157820
Engine Num: 705118
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Cabriolet C
Chassis Num: 159295
Engine Num: 730366
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 211365
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 211738
Engine Num: 703988
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 213295
Engine Num: 700620
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 214390
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 128699
Engine Num: 811418
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 128987
Engine Num: 811655
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 129564
Engine Num: 820896
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 129968
Engine Num: P821008
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 159226
Engine Num: P710620
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Convertible
Chassis Num: 159378
Engine Num: 810377
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 159489
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Convertible
Chassis Num: 160057
Engine Num: 821628
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 215766
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 215804
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 216314
Engine Num: 711459
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 216431
Engine Num: 711552
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 SC Coupe
Chassis Num: 216469
Engine Num: 810237
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 216729
Engine Num: 712046
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 217404
Engine Num: 712591
Chassis information for the Porsche 3561964 C Coupe
Chassis Num: 218689
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 131753
Engine Num: 97447
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 160371
Engine Num: 811908
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 160997
Chassis information for the Porsche 356 SC1965 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 161894
Engine Num: 821767
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 161923
Engine Num: P717512
Chassis information for the Porsche 356 SC1965 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 162045
Engine Num: 821794
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 162126
Engine Num: 733180
Chassis information for the Porsche 356 SC1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 221141
Engine Num: 752154
Chassis information for the Porsche 356 SC1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 221209
Chassis information for the Porsche 356C1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 221823
Engine Num: 752590
Chassis information for the Porsche 356 SC1965 Coupe
Chassis Num: 222275


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