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.
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.
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|
|Front Track||1308 mm|
|Rear Track||1270 mm|
|Ground Clearance||152 mm|
|Fuel Capacity||50 liters|
|Drive Wheels||Rear wheel drive|
|Fuel Supply System||2 So carbs|
|Max Power||96HP (70 kW) @ 5500 rpm|
|Cam Design||OHV - Overhead Valves|
|Valves per cylinder||2|
|Number of gears||4|
|Acceleration 0-100 Km/h||n/a|
|Acceleration 80-120 Km/h||n/a|