The final incarnation of the entry-level 356 was 356C. This used essentially the same body shell as the previous model. The 1.6-litre overhead valve engine was updated to produce a modest but useful 75bhp.  For the first time, all-round disc brakes were standard on the 356, while the suspension was revised with a thicker front anti roll bar and softer rear torsion bars. Inside, the dashboard was restyled and switch gear located better.

How to spot

As per 356C but with flatter hubcaps on redesigned wheels. Cabriolet rear window could be unzipped for extra ventilation.


The 356C 1600 was offered in Coupe, Cabriolet and Hardtop/Cabriolet (Cabriolet with a removable hardtop) forms.


Capacity: 1582cc

Compression ratio: 8.5:1

Maximum Power: 75bhp @ 5200rpm

Maximum Torque: 123Nm @ 3600rpm

Brakes: Front: 274.5×10.5mm discs; rear: 285x10mm discs

Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transvers torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with radius arms, two torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.60/15 tyres

Length: 4010mm

Width: 1670mm

Weight: 935kg

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0-60mph: 14.0sec Top speed: 108mph

The 356 was produced alongside the new 911, to offer buyers the option of an entry level model. It was to be replaced by the four-cylinder 912.