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  Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GT 2000

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1962 - 1963
Numbers built:16
Introduced at:1961 Frankfurt Motor Show
Internal name:356
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionInitial production of the Carrera 2 concentrated on the road going GS model to ensure the stripped down and more powerful GT competition car was eligible to race. Despite the high cost of the range-topping model, which was available in Coupe form only, there was more than sufficient demand. On July 27, 1962 and just over three months after production had started, the 100 example homologation requirement was met. Over the next years this figure rose to a total of 436 Carrera 2 cars; 310 on the 356 B T6 chassis and a further 126 on the subsequent 356 C platform.

Now fully homologated for use in the GT class, the Type 587/2 engine was made available to existing customers, while it was also fitted to the new Carrera 2 GT. It is believed that just 35 of these engines were built, most of which were used for existing cars. Some sources suggest that as few as 16 brand new Carrera 2 GTs were built in 1962 and 1964. In addition to the more powerful engine, the GT had also been submitted to a considerable diet, stripping a startling 150 kg from the kerb weight of the road car. These cars were raced with some success until they were superseded by the GS-GT, which combined the Carrera 2 chassis with a brand-new and very light aluminium body.

Having served Porsche for many years, the 356 (Carrera) was finally phased out in 1964 in favour of the six-cylinder engined 901/911. The two-litre engine introduced in the Carrera 2 also served in the hugely successful 904. Rare already in period, today, the Carrera 2 is highly sought after by Porsche collectors and remains as the ultimate evolution of the legendary 356 Carrera range.

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