The 356 is the first car to ever bear the Porsche name.

The Porsche 356 was the first production automobile to bear the Porsche name, and it played a crucial role in establishing the marque's reputation for performance and handling. The car was designed by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche, the son of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, and was based on the Volkswagen Beetle, which Ferdinand Porsche had helped to design.

The prototype for the Porsche 356 was developed in 1948, and it featured a lightweight, aerodynamic body with a rear-mounted, four-cylinder engine producing around 40 horsepower. The car was initially produced in a small workshop in Gmünd, Austria, before production was moved to a new facility in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Porsche 356 quickly gained a reputation for its excellent handling and performance, particularly in motorsport. In 1951, a modified 356 won its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, helping to establish Porsche as a serious player in the automotive world.

Over the course of its production run, which lasted from 1948 to 1965, the Porsche 356 underwent several updates and revisions, including the introduction of more powerful engines and improved suspension systems. The car was offered in a variety of body styles, including coupes, convertibles, and even a limited-production Speedster model.

In total, around 76,000 Porsche 356s were produced, making it one of the most successful sports cars of its era. The 356 was particularly popular in the United States, where it found a devoted following among enthusiasts and collectors.

Today, the Porsche 356 is considered a classic car icon, with examples regularly fetching high prices at auction. The car's timeless design and driving dynamics continue to attract enthusiasts who appreciate its blend of performance and elegance.



Visit The Porsche 356 Page at

1959 356 Parts List

Download E_356_59_KATALOG



Porsche has a few historical documents available for the 356.


 Der Whites 356 literature site.- Many different Vintage 356 manuals can be purchased here. 

Parts - Pelican Parts


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