For those who admire and dream of owning a legendary Porsche 356, but can never scrape together enough money for one, there is always the 356 Replica. Replicas and kit cars are popular with car enthusiasts with thin wallets. Take a standard, regular old car and build it up to look and drive like your dream car. Replicas are not always cheap, but they are much less expensive than the original models that inspire them. They are also easier to get your hands on, as compared to many limited-production originals.
The 356 Replica is a popular reconstruction because of the desirability of the original model. Porsche made its 356 from 1948 to 1965 and it was the German carmakers first production vehicle. Developed in a few different generations, the 356 was a sporty two-seater with a rear-mounted, four-cylinder engine. The first version was a roadster with a unique, smooth, and very aerodynamic aluminum body. Later models included cabriolets, coupes, and special versions like the Speedster made to be a less-expensive model for sale in the U.S.
The Porsche 356 and the 356 Replicas are legendary today and popular with all kinds of collectors. The 356 was a new and unique car when it first came out. It made the most of aerodynamics and lightweight materials to increase speed and as a result became a legend on the race track as well as on the streets. Only about 35,000 models are left in the world today and they are not cheap. For those who desperately want one, but cannot find an affordable model, the 356 Replica is the way to go.
356 Replica models can be ordered, but they can also be put together as a kit at home by amateur mechanics. Making a replica is a fun project, but it is also one that takes time and devotion to see through to the end. A 365 Replica, like any other starts with a base car, often a Volkswagen. VW or Subaru engines are popular choices to power a 365 Replica. Body panels and accessories are added to complete the look. If done well a replica can fool many into thinking it is the real deal. Among replicas for the 365, the Speedster is the most popular choice. All 365 Replica models are desirable, though. The higher the quality, the higher the price, but all are much more affordable than the original 356.