One Owner Example: 1964 Porsche 356 C

This 1964 Porsche 356 C is listed for sale by the neighbors of the owner, with the listing claiming they are the original owners of the car. That’s pretty impressive, not only for having just one owner but also for not having been snatched up by a flipper considering how long the air-cooled market has been hot for survivors like this. According to the description, the owner doesn’t take it very far these days, just using it to cruise around the neighborhood. Find the survivor 356 listed here on Facebook Marketplace with no specific price mentioned, other than noting it’s priced in the low $80s.

Details are somewhat limited in the listing, which is to be expected when a neighbor is handling the sale rather than the owner. The presentation is limited to three photos, which show a clean body with factory hubcaps, and a black interior with no obvious defects, and a set of Coco floor mats. The red over black combination is a desirable one, but there’s no mention of a Certificate of Authenticity from which to judge whether it retains its original colors and features. It does appear to retain its original radio, which is definitely a testament to an owner that simply preserved this car since new.

The 356 is listed for sale in Atlanta, Georgia, which certainly makes it likely that the car has resided in a hospitable climate that hasn’t the floorpans porous. Despite the high demand for survivor 356s, it doesn’t change the expectation that a car like this will be carefully documented in listing photos, especially since so many of these find homes with overseas buyers. The seller indicates in his listing that their price is on the low end of what the Porsche Club of America classifieds show at current, so clearly, there’s been some interest but also some feedback as to the asking price. What do you think is a fair offer for a one-owner 356?

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Comments

  1. Todd Zuercher

    It all depends on the rust situation. Based on what I’m seeing with BaT sales, and the fact that it’s a ONE OWNER car, if the body is solid, it is underpriced.

    Like 15
  2. DanaPointJohn

    If this car is in as good condition as it shows in the three photos, it is a great deal at $80K. Guessing it will go for more than that if it checks all the boxes.

    Like 9
  3. Steve R

    Saying you are selling a car for a friend, relative or neighbor is a common ploy of flippers. It accomplishes 3 goals. It put gullible potential buyers at ease, creates a built in excuse for not being able to answer anything but basic questions and saves the seller the cost of transferring the title (which can be several thousand dollars on an expensive car like this once sales tax is factored in).

    If I were interested in this car, I’d expect the seller would put me in touch with the owner. If that didn’t happen I’d distrust anything they had to say.

    Everything about this sale may be above board, but it’s foolish to automatically assume the sellers claim is true at face value.

    Steve R

    Like 47
  4. Classic Steel

    Fake grandparents.

    I rented them for my lawsuit against McDonald’s coffee so hot it melted by gold teeth 🦷🤪

    Nice looking Porsche though

    Like 16
    • Phlathead Phil

      Hahahahahahahaha….breath, hahahahahahahaha, breath, lololololololololol, breath.

      Like 3
  5. Mike Skully

    How much to rent elderly actors?

    Like 10
    • On and On On and On Member

      Me and Sweetie pie will pose for a couple cheeseburgers and fries. She looks good, I look like I was left outside too long……..

      Like 13
  6. Dhgravityfreak

    Yea if everything checks out as listed it seems like a great investment. Buy it, put a few miles on it in the next 10 years, sell it and then retire. Problem is it’s coming into winter and my money tree won’t be kicking down loot till next spring. Lol

    Like 3
  7. ace10

    How difficult is it to put an exact number for an Ask?
    Sheesh. If you want to run it like an auction, then list it on an auction site.

    Like 8
  8. Steve R

    Don’t unquestionably trust sellers claiming to be selling a car for family, friends or neighbors. It’s a tactic used by many flippers. There are three main reasons. The claim instantly builds credibility will gullible potential buyers, it gives the seller cover for the inability of answering even the most basic questions and it saves them the cost of transferring the title into their name which can reach into the thousands of dollars on an expensive car once sales tax is included.

    Caveat emptor.

    Steve R

    Like 13
  9. Joe Haska

    Whats that saying ” If its too good to be true “, it probably isn’t !

    Like 2
    • Stan Marks

      No, Joe. It’s, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably IS”.

      Like 1
  10. Stan Marks

    This Roadster is a beauty. Unfortunately, for the owners to get a healthy return, three pics & no description, is suspicious at best.
    Even the ‘FB Marketplace’ has no info, either. No VIN#, mileage, extra pics, nada…
    I wonder what the seller’s cut is, for selling this ride?

    Like 7
  11. moosie moosie Member

    Its very tiresome to continually read all the negativity expressed here along with the constant assumptions. Sometimes it makes me rethink my membership. Sometimes the negativity IS warranted along with SOME of the assumptions, but not on a majority of the stories/cars that appear here.

    Like 11
    • Stan Marks

      I agree to a certain degree, Moosie.
      For the most part, excluding junkers, we’re dealing with expensive used cars here. Sellers want the most for their vehicles. Buyers want to pay the least, unless you’re at an auction.

      We all have our own opinions (assumptions), which you may or may not agree with. For the most part, we’re dealing with total strangers here. We would hope all sellers are honest. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. When you walk into a dealership. do you trust everything the sales person tells you?
      As the forum rules states, “No profanity, politics, or personal attacks”
      .

      Like 6
      • Phlathead Phil

        To some degree I agree with you both.

        There are LOTS of scammers on the internet.

        I know this phor a phact.

        I caught some dudes once, turned them over to the F.B.I.

        Like 2
  12. bobhess bobhess Member

    Roadster….? Moosie’s right.

    Like 2
  13. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Sometimes I see interior photos with a spoke steering wheel turned 90 degrees I figure the seller wants us to see the condition of the instruments and dash. If this steering wheel is positioned where it is and the front wheels are facing straight ahead….we have a problem! I just contacted the named seller of a car on Facebook Marketplace who claims to know nothing and to call her Dad. I get that. Fifteen minutes later, the seller messaged me to say her dad has COVID-19 and she will relay information to me from him when he is available. Jeez, Louise, please people if you are going to sell your car online be prepared to sell it faster if you have all the details in front of you in one place! Rant over.

    Like 7
    • TouringFordor

      This sounds way too much like the scam buyers that contacted me when I sold my 2017 VW GLI. “Gee, so and so is out of town, but… “

      Like 4
      • Stan Marks

        You got it…….

        Like 1
  14. Achman

    Flippers don’t really sell cars in FB Marketplace. Not the best place for exposure to Porsche buyers. Rennlist, BAT, PCA website, or private sales are the way to go.

    Maybe the older owner has no idea how to sell a vintage car nowadays? Completely possible. Also, if I was flipping this car, I’d be asking $95k

    Like 1
  15. HARM R SMIT

    If this is legit the car is under priced!

    Like 1
  16. Steve RM

    A 1964 356 C. My favorite Porsche. Looks great too. This would be a blast to own and drive.

    Like 1
  17. xrotaryguy

    In my experience:
    Georgia = RUST!

    Being a Georgia car doesn’t stop the tin worm. One of the rustiest cars I ever bought was from Georgia, mostly all concealed with bondo, even on a frame rail. Not saying this one will have rust. Just don’t assume.

  18. CVPanther Member

    Gorgeous little C…. One of my dream cars.
    As for the lack of photos, if I am considering spending $80k+ on a car, there aren’t any photos as good as standing in front of it anyway. I would assume anyone with half a brain would feel the same way and go look at it.
    I agree this is under-priced and would be a good investment.

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