Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1958 Porsche 356A

The Porsche 356 is a luxury sports car first produced in 1948–1949. It was Porsche's first production automobile. The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door, sports car available in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Production started in 1948 in Austria, where 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany. Of the 76,000 originally produced, it is thought half survive.

Porsche 356 1948 coupé
In early 1957 a second revision of the 356A was produced, known as Type 2 (or T2). Production of the Speedster peaked at 1,171 cars in 1957 and then started to decline.
The most-iconic 356 body style, the Speedster, was a basic $2,995 version of the car with racing-style bucket seats, and a low windshield.
Without Porsche’s diminutive 356, the company would not be where it is today. The top-shelf engine for the 356 A was the ‘Super’ version, which produced 88 horsepower. Within the last 25 years replicas of the 356 A have become very popular.

Last fall a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Coupé brought €123.200