Porsche - 356 Speedster and Replicas
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 started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its debut in autumn 1963. It is estimated approximately half of the total production of 78,000 356s still survive.
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France
Porsche 356-click for a larger picture
Porsche 356 1968
Porsche 356 Speedster by Intermeccanica
Location
Nice, Cote D-Azur
County
French Riviera
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Germany
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Porsche 356 1963
Porsche 356
Location
Munich / Munchen
County
Bavaria, Germany
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Porsche Speedster R-click for a larger picture
Porsche Speedster R 1974
Porsche Speedster R
Location
Schwabach / Erlangen
County
Bavaria, Germany
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Porsche 356-click for a larger picture
Porsche 356 1962
Porsche 356 Convertible
Location
Forsten b. Munich
County
Bavaria, Germany
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Porsche 356-click for a larger picture
Porsche 356 1964
Porsche 356 Coupe
Company
Oldie Rent
Location
Koln (Cologne)
County
Germany
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Porsche 356-click for a larger picture
Porsche 356 1976
Porsche 356 Speedster
Location
Freiburg
County
Baden Wurttemburg, Germany
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Spain - Espagna
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Porsche 356 
Porsche 356 Speedster by Apal
Location
Calvia, Mallorca
County
Ballearic Islands, Spain
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual
Switzerland
Porsche 356-click for a larger picture
Porsche 356 1965
Porsche 356 Speedster
Location
Winkel
County
Zurich, Switzerland
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:radio
The 356 was created by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche (son of Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company). Like its ancestor, the Volkswagen Beetle (which Ferdinand Porsche senior had designed), the 356 was a four cylinder, air cooled, rear engine, rear wheel drive car utilizing unitized pan and body construction.

 

While the 356's body was an original design by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, its mechanicals (including engine, suspension and chassis) were derived from the Volkswagen. The first 356, was road certified in Austria on June 8, 1948, and used many Volkswagen parts for manufacturing economy. Porsche quickly re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance. By the late 50's many fewer parts were shared in common between Volkswagen and Porsche. The early 356 automobile bodies produced at Gmünd, Austria were handcrafted in aluminum, but when production moved to Zuffenhausen, Germany in 1950, models produced there were steel-bodied. Little noticed at its inception, the first 356s sold primarily in Austria and Germany.  

 

From the first prototype in 1948, it took Porsche about two years to manufacture the first 50 automobiles. By the early 1950s the 356 had gained some renown among enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic for its aerodynamics, handling, and excellent build quality. It was common for owners to race the car as well as drive it on the street. Increasing success with its racing and road cars brought Porsche orders for over 10,000 units in 1964, and when 356 production ended in 1965 approximately 78,000 had been produced.

 

A number of companies make replicas of the Speedster, most of them with VW engines similar to the original but others based on a variety of platforms. Companies include: Apal, Banham, Chesil, Covin, Intermeccanica and Vintage Speedsters.

 

Source: Wikipedia Porsche 356 Speedster Article.

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