Porsche 356: Porsche’s smooth, sleek designs are known worldwide and its cars are respected for their speed and impressive presence in racing history. The company is famous for its consistency and reliability, and though it’s designs may seem to vary only slightly at times, this German automaker has certainly mastered its craft and created a number of truly memorable cars.
The Porsche 356 was the first production made car for Porsche. Production began in 1948 and continued through 1966, with mostly subtle changes among the different model years. The 2-door sports car was available as a coupe and a convertible during its lifespan and underwent more practical functional updates than styling ones. Toward the beginning of its production, between 1950 and 1954, it contained a 1086 cc OHV Flat 4 engine, giving it a horsepower of 46. A few tweaks later, a 1488 cc engine gave the car a boost to between 64 and 82 horsepower.
A few years later, the Porsche 356B, which was produced from 1960-1963 and sold for a little over $4,000 at the time had a horsepower rating of between 70-102 and weighed in hovering around 1 ton. To round out the production years, by the time the final model rolled around, the car was fitted with a 1582 cc OHV Flat 4 engine, boosting the horsepower to 88-170, though the price remained largely the same, still just over $4,000 new.
The car enjoyed a good deal of success in the racing world whether it was close to stock or highly modified (whether that mean they were stripped down in weight or modified for better performance), and Porsche once again earned its right to a place in history as the maker of beauties like the Porsche 356 which were improved, but not so drastically changed as to negatively affect their performance.