The mid-range 356C was the 1600 SC. The main difference from the entry-level car being a more powerful, higher compression version of the 1.6-litre overhead valve engine that produced 95bhp at a heady 5800rpm.

To give a sportier ride, Koni dampers were fitted in place of the Boge items of the less powerful car.

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: 9.5:1

Maximum Power: 95bhp @ 5800rpm

Maximum Torque: 124Nm @ 4200rpm

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

Did you Know?

0-60mph: 11.5sec Top speed: 115mph

The SC name would later be used on the 911SC of 1979.