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Porsche 356A 1955

Classic Car | Porsche 356A 1955

Classic Cars, Porsche 356A 1955

Porsche 356A 1955

Origin  Germany Engine  1,582 cc,

flat-four Top speed  100 mph (161 km/h)
With its rear engine and swing-axle rear suspension, the 356 was essentially a high-performance Volkswagen Beetle with a coupe body; and both cars were designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Launched in 1950, the 356 grew ever faster, with the twin-cam Carrera version reaching a speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

Professor Porsche was designing and building cars before the start of the twentieth century.

His first design was shown at the Paris exhibition of 1900; a revolutionary front-wheel drive electric car. Porsche was racing a four-wheel drive version of the car in the early 1900’s.

He designed an airplane engine and military vehicles in WWI, and between the wars he designed the seven liter Daimler-Benz Mercedes, a supercharged V16, mid-engined Grand Prix racing car for Auto-Union, and the Volkswagen Beetle, the world's best selling car, among others. WWII saw him designing more military equipment including tanks.

The French imprisoned Porsche after World War 2 and his son Ferry ran the their design bureau, designing the first Porsche branded car, the 356, while he was working for his father's release.
The 356 was the first of a line of exciting and charismatic sports cars.
It started life with a warmed up VW engine and other VW parts but it was still a desirable sports car and a good looker. During its production life the 356 went from 40 to 130 bhp along with lots of technical improvements that made it handle better and stop better. It got styling changes as well to make it look better.

The classic 911 followed in 1964, the car that is “Porsche”. It had a strong family resemblance to the 356, but was more modern and more powerful. Forty years on it still looks good.

Another VW based model followed in 1969, the mid-engined 914. Its styling wasn’t popular and the VW connection was against it. Sales were low.
Porsche brought out front-engined water-cooled cars, the 924 and 928 in 1976 and 1977 respectively. The 928 won “Car of the Year” in 1977, the first time a sports car had won the award.

In the 21st Century, Porsche is still going strong, and still producing brilliant sports cars.

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