1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2
After a considerable absence of a Carrera model in the 356 model lineup, Porsche finally made another version with the introduction of a 2.0-liter engine. This Carrera trailed a series of impressive 1.6 liter cars known as the 1600GS.
As with the earlier versions, the Carrera was offered both in a Carrera GT Deluxe verion for the road and the Carrera GT for racetrack duties. Unlike these earlier models, the new car benefited from the 2.0 liter engine introduced as the Carrera 2 in September 1962.
The 2.0 Carrera used a variant of the Type 547 engine with a larger bore and stoke, having 1966cc. The larger cylinder wall meant that the block had to be both taller and wider and the type was changed to 578. The new engine offered much more increased low-end torque making it suitable for everyday driving.
The first Type 578 engines were used at the Targa Florio in 1961 where the cars nearly won their class. However, testing on several red coupes to and from race events finalized specification of the road-going Carrera de Luxe.
Another feature of the Carrera 2 was bespoke disc brakes designed and manufactured from Porsche. Called the Porsche-ATE system, this used Porsche’s much smaller open-concept wheel that used wide-spaced wheel studs.
Outfitted by Reutter, the Deluxe featured a fully trimmed interior with an adjustable Eberspächer gasoline heater. At 2200 lbs, Road & Track recorded a 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 122.7 mph.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|engine||Type 548 Boxer-4|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 2 Valves Cyl|
|fuel feed||Twin Solex 2 Solex 40 PII-4 Carburetors|
|displacement||1996 cc / 121.80 in³|
|bore||92 mm / 3.62 in|
|stroke||74 mm / 2.91 in|
|power||96.9 kw / 130 bhp @ 6200 rpm|
|specific output||65.13 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||157.58 bhp per tonne|
|torque||161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm|
|body / frame||Unit Steel|
|front brakes||ATE Disc Brakes|
|rear brakes||ATE Disc Brakes|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in|
|steering||Worm & Nut|
|f suspension||Transverse Torsion Bar w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Swing Axles w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||825 kg / 1819 lbs|
|front track||1272 mm / 50.1 in|
|rear track||1306 mm / 51.4 in|
|length||3980 mm / 156.7 in|
|width||1670 mm / 65.7 in|
|top speed||~199.52 kph / 124 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~9.2 seconds|
Auction Sales History
1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe 120613 – sold for $341,000 One of 436 Examples Built. Correct Type 587/1 Carrera Engine Numerous Original Special Equipment Options. All-Original Matching-Number Body Panels. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex. Original Color Scheme. Recently Restored by an Experienced Carrera Enthusiast. Bellwether Example of the Early Four-Cam Carrera Legend. Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company