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Produced: 1948-1955, 7627 produced.
Types: Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
Cabriolet,2 doors,2 seats
Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Porsche 356 1b (1948)

First launched in 1948, the Ferry Porsche designed 356 was based on early VW Beetle running gear, featuring tuned versions of the Beetles air-cooled, "flat 4" engine. Available in 1100cc, 1287cc, 1290cc and on "Super" models 1500cc, early 356 models have obviously different performance outputs depending on engine size and tune.

The 356 is a very compact sports car, early body styles included Coupe, Cabriolet and the very pretty Speedster variant, which had a lower screen than the normal Cabriolet. Imports into the UK market first started in 1953, all UK cars featured a 12 volt electrical system, early cars shared the inadequate 6 volt system found on the Beetle. Produced until 1955, around 7600 of these first 356 cars were built.


1287ccH4 OHVPorsche Flat 4 (356 engines)
1290ccH4 OHVPorsche Flat 4 (356 engines)74.5mm x 74mm8.2
1488ccH4 OHVPorsche Flat 4 (356 engines)80mm x 74mm7
1131ccH4 OHVPorsche Flat 4 (356 engines)73.5mm x 64mm7

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
R/RWormIndependent/Torsion barIndependent/Torsion bar


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
84 mph0 s0 s0 mpg40 bhp 40001131cc engine:




WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
6' 11"4' 2"4' 1"12' 8"5' 5" 0 (0)0' 0"

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