Ferry Porsche started something big with the 356. Being the first Porsche-badged car, the prototype first hit the street in 1948 using a VW engine. It made a spring debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949 and in 1951 it won its class at Le Mans. An updated 356A appeared with Speedster and Carrera versions in 1955, then came the 356B in 1959 with a facelift and more powerful engines, while the final 356C made an appearance in 1963, only to be replaced by the 911 two years later. The 356 has, like the Beetle, a floorpan chassis with swing axles and torsion bars at the rear, while at the nose, torsion bars are again used with trailing arms. The engine might also have its roots in the air-cooled VW unit, but it's more sophisticated with better balancing, improved flow and the ability to rev more freely. The ultimate variant was the Carrera which came with four cams for 125mph (201 km/h) performance.
Porsche 356 Specifications
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