Porsche 356: The Pocket Rocket Car

Famous German automobile company Porsche commenced its journey in the industry with the production and marketing of Porsche 356. The car was marketed during 1948-65. This was the first ever automobile produced and marketed by a company that was to make its mark as a leading automobile manufacturer in the global market.

Porsche 356 Features

Porsche 356 has the following features.

- It is a lightweight vehicle.

- Handling is extremely easy and convenient.

- The vehicle is rear-wheel-drive.

- It is a two-door sports vehicle.

- The car is available in both hardtop as well as top open forms.

Success Story

One of the best features of Porsche 356 was that the manufacturers continued their design innovations during all those years when it was marketed. This resulted in substantial increase in the popularity of the automobile. In addition; as it remained ahead of many of its competitors, success also came its way consistently.

End of an Era

When Porsche commenced its initial productions at Gmund in Austria, it produced around 50 cars in the first lot. After shifting of their factories to Zuffenhausen in the year 1950, they continued with the production. Migration to Germany did not come in the way of Porsche 356 production. Though the model that was designed to substitute Porsche 356, the 911 to be precise was already there by 1963, production of Porsche 356 still continued till 1965. It marked the end of an era in which 76000 vehicles were produced and half of which still survives irrespective of the onslaught of time.

One Last Dip

A final modification to the designs of the vehicle was carried out in 1964 with all round disc brakes. Highlights of the design changes were these brakes besides the introduction of most powerful pushrod engine ever produced by Porsche.

Peak Production

In fact, the year 1964 was that of peak production with around 14,151 cars produced. This year its substitute 911 model hit the U.S market but production of Porsche 356 still continued in the face of high demands in United States till 1965. Last of the 356 model were assembled to be used by the Dutch law enforcement agency in March 1966.

Reincarnation in 912

Popularity of Porsche 356 never diminished and the heavier and more civilized 911 did not match its popularity. This inspired the German company to plan reincarnation of Porsche 356 with a new name and design; as the 912. Also the 911 was much more expensive than the 356. Yet initially it was the model that was intended torch bearer of the company. 912 appeared later as an afterthought but proved to be the true successor of Porsche 356 with lower prices; though with a little lower speed.

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Technical Characteristics of Porsche 356

Technical Characteristics of 1963 Porsche 356 1600 SC produced by Porsche (DE).

Body Type Fixed-head coupe 2 doors / 2 seats
Weight 934 Kg
Length 4013 mm
Height 1314 mm
Wheelbase 2100 mm
Front Track 1308 mm
Rear Track 1270 mm
Ground Clearance 152 mm
Fuel Capacity 50 liters
Engine location rear
Engine alignment unknown
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering n/a
Fuel Supply System 2 So carbs
Max Power 96HP (70 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque n/a
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant air
Displacement 1582 cc
Bore 82 mm
Stroke 74 mm
Cam Design OHV - Overhead Valves
Cylinders 4 FLAT
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 8
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes Di
Rear Brakes Di
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres n/a
Suspension Front I.TB.
Suspension Rear I.TB.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 4
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 15.8 l/100km
Road 8.11 l/100km
Mixt 9.4 l/100km