The 356 was created by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche (son of the founder of the German company Ferdinand), who founded the Austrian company. Like the Volkswagen Beetle designed by Ferdinand Porsche Sr., the 356 was an air-cooled four-cylinder, rear engine, rear-wheel drive with bodywork and integrated structure. The chassis was a completely new design as was the bodywork of the 356, the work of the Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, though some mechanical components, including the engine block and some components, of the suspension were based on and initially purchased from Volkswagen. The 356 was a luxury sports car and the first Porsche series car. Engineering innovations continued throughout the years of production, contributing to its sporting success and popularity.
Production began in 1948 in Gmünd, Austria, where about 50 cars were built. On June 8, 1948 with the first Porsche car to receive approval and production continued until 1950 initially: was the Porsche 356/1 Roadster followed by the 356/2. In 1950 the factory was moved to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and here are the first 356 (known retrospectively as “Pre-A”). Initially only 1100 cc, then 1300cc and from 1952 also 1500 cc the cars were easily recognizable by the windshield divided into two parts by a central rib. All were also available in a convertible version (Cabriolet, Speedster and then Roadster). At the end of 1954 Max Hoffman, the only American importer of Porsche, convinced them to build a bare bones spider version with minimal equipment and a lowered windshield. It was a brilliant idea: with few frills (low weight) and above all a lower price, it was the ideal 356 for young and sporting customers. But those who proposed the idea perhaps did not fully foresee the truly winning aspect: a breathtaking line. The 356 1500 Speedster had specific and unique characteristics: the windscreen is low and curved in one piece with rounded upper corners. The side windows are snap-on to the doors. The soft top is in non-padded fabric with a flexible rear window. There are chrome mouldings at the height of the door release handles and the “Speedster” writing on the front mudguard. Shared with the 1500 that year where the bumpers which were distanced from the bodywork. The handle on the luggage compartment tailgate is elongated and with Porsche frieze. The rear lights and indicators were round and closely spaced. The front indicators (round and flat) are integrated into the horn grille. The parking light is integrated into the rear light unit. The license plate lighting is in a chromed housing above the plate. The, rear longitudinal, engine is of the 546/2 type, an air-cooled 4-cylinder boxer, with a displacement of 1,488 cc powered by two Solex 32 PBI carburettors. Distribution is single-shaft with rods & rocker arms and overhead valves. Compression of 7:1 for a power of 55 hp at 4,400 rpm. The chassis is a platform, the suspension is with longitudinal swing arms and transverse torsion bars. Rear swinging axle with longitudinal arms. Screw and roller steering. Drum brakes. Traction, of course, rear. The clutch is dry single-plate and the gearbox (type 519) is mechanical with 4 gears. In 1956 the 356 was replaced by the 356 A. General production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the new 911 model made its debut in the fall of 1963. About 76,313 units had been produced. Of these, 4,722 were Speedsters; of which 1,900 were the so-called “Pre-A” vehicles: 200 pre-series built in 1954 and there maining 1,700 in 1955
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