Category Archives: Porsche

1952 Porsche 356 Bent Window Coupe

Flat, bent, curved – In those three words we can find a very abbreviated history of the Porsche 356. The very first automobile that rolled out of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s rustic little Austrian workshop under his own name, the immortal 1948 356-001 prototype roadster, had two separate flat glass panels comprising its windshield. That design trait was echoed in the subsequent 356 models of 1950 and 1951, but in 1952, Porsche adopted a single-piece, “bent” windshield that was used until the launch of the 356A with its more modern curved glass in late 1955.

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Porsche Speedster 1957

Beautiful as it is, the streamlined grace of the 356 wasn’t a product of conscious aesthetic design.
Porsche’s team was fanatical about aerodynamics, continually massaging the shape and validating theories by observing wool tufts taped to the body. It’s the car that started it all.
With a rear-mounted engine and timeless lines, the 356 has the hallmarks of a 911 with even more historical significance.

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Porsche 356C 1965

The Porsche 356C is as distinctive today as it was 35 years ago, a refined automobile of impeccable taste and of the highest quality, designed to do its job with timeless style and efficiency.
Porsche is famous for the careful development of its machines, so it is no surprise that the 1965 356C, the last of the 356 series, is a highly sophisticated automobile. By this time, any shortcomings in the design and execution of the 356 had years to be identified, analyzed and eliminated. It has been written that the warranty costs for the 356C/SC models were the lowest ever experienced by Porsche.

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Porsche 356C Cabriolet 1964

The Porsche 356 was the company’s first production automobile.
It was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2 door sports car, available in hardtop and convertible configurations.
Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.
Production ended in April of 1965, although 1963 was the last year for the 356B, soon succeeded by the 356C.

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Porsche 356 Roadster 1960

Among Porsche enthusiasts, there is an ongoing debate about which model is the ultimate open 356.
The Speedster has long been regarded as the most collectible, and does enjoy a purity of line that is very attractive, however the later Convertible D and B Roadster enjoy functional and mechanical updates that make the cars more pleasurable to use in the real world. Thus, enthusiasts wishing to enjoy their cars will be attracted to the 356B Roadster, whose low and rakish lines, more functional top and wind up windows represent the perfect compromise between the unmistakably sporty lines first embodied by the Speedster and the civilized refinement of the Cabriolet.