1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2


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.

1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atGermany
engineType 548 Boxer-4
positionRear, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves Cyl
fuel feedTwin Solex 2 Solex 40 PII-4 Carburetors
displacement1996 cc / 121.80 in³
bore92 mm / 3.62 in
stroke74 mm / 2.91 in
compression9.8:1
power96.9 kw / 130 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output65.13 bhp per litre
bhp/weight157.58 bhp per tonne
torque161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesATE Disc Brakes
rear brakesATE Disc Brakes
front wheelsF 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionTransverse Torsion Bar w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSwing Axles w/Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight825 kg / 1819 lbs
front track1272 mm / 50.1 in
rear track1306 mm / 51.4 in
length3980 mm / 156.7 in
width1670 mm / 65.7 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
top speed~199.52 kph / 124 mph
0 – 60 mph~9.2 seconds

Auction Sales History

1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2

1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe 124097 – sold for $643,500 A Stunningly Presented Carrera 2 in Original Colors. Documented with Copy of Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Mechanically and Cosmetically Restored in 2009.Professionally Maintained in a Private Southwest Collection.Porsche’s Most Popular 356-Based Carrera. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company
1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2
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
1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2
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 356B/2000GS Carrera 2

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
1962 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2

1963 Porsche 356B/2000GS Carrera 2 Convertible 157977 – sold for $381,000 One of only 28 built ,1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Convertible Chassis no. 157977 Engine no. P97221. Auction Source: 2009 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

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