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.
Series Production Car
Type 548 Boxer-4
DOHC, 2 Valves Cyl
Twin Solex 2 Solex 40 PII-4 Carburetors
1996 cc / 121.80 in³
92 mm / 3.62 in
74 mm / 2.91 in
96.9 kw / 130 bhp @ 6200 rpm
65.13 bhp per litre
157.58 bhp per tonne
161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
body / frame
ATE Disc Brakes
ATE Disc Brakes
F 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
R 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
Worm & Nut
Transverse Torsion Bar w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
Swing Axles w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe 123210 – sold for $550,000 One of 436 Examples Built. Numbers-Matching Type 587/1 Carrera Engine. Numerous Original Special Equipment Options Including Factory Electric Sunroof and 70-Liter Fuel Tank. Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex. Attractive Color Scheme. Recent Mechanical Restoration by an Experienced Carrera Specialist. Bellwether Example of the Four-Cam Carrera Legend. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 – sold for $385,000 Matching numbers four-cam engine. Rare sunroof model. Factory installed gas powered interior heater unit. European delivery with Carrera on fenders. Fully restored by well known Porsche expert. Purchased by Peter Dunkel in 1988. Offered from the Peter Dunkel Collection after 25 years of ownership. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum
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