Porsche Specifications

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Porsche Specifications
The story of Porsche dates back to long before the establishment of the marque, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche playing pivotal roles in so many illustrious marques, such as Volkswagen, Austro-Daimler, Steyr and even Cistalia (the French authorities freeing him after the war with the Italian manufacturer paid them a million francs so that they could secure his services to design a new Grand Prix car). But the best was always the one that bore his name, and we think very few would disagree.

The first iterations were based largely on the pre-war Volkswagens, being a rear engined two seater powered by a mildly tuned 69ci 1131cc VW flat four engine. Production commenced I 1948, but it was when manufacture was switched back to Porsche’s original Stuttgart base in 1950 that things really took off. In 1951 output was 500 cars, and by 1956 the number had grown to 10,000. The cars were nearly always successful in any competition they entered, even in their debut at Le Mans – a feat they would mimic 12 times by 1987!

Ferry Porsche assumed control of the company following the death of his father in 1952, and under his guidance the 356 acquired bigger engines and more power. By the mid 1950’s exports began to the US, were there was an almost insatiable appetite for anything Porsche. The 356 was replaced by the 911 in 1964, arguably the most famous of and recognisable of any sports car. The 911, along with the company, would continue to move upmarket – and they represent one of the most sought after and collectible classics to this day.

Also see: Porsche Heritage | The History of Porsche (USA Edition)
1950 Porsche 356/1100  

1950 Porsche 356/1100

1951 Porsche 356/1300  

1951 Porsche 356/1300

1952 Porsche 356  

1952 Porsche 356

1953 Porsche 1300 S  

1953 Porsche 1300 S

1954 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera  

1954 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera

1959 Porsche 356 Coupe  

1959 Porsche 356 1600 Coupe

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