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Source: Porsche/Owner Greg O’Keefe

After designing and building the iconic VW Beatle in the ’30s, Ferdinand Porsche decided to build a sports-car – the Porsche 356 was born. Available in 4 different engine variations and as a coupe or convertible, this car was the beginning of a legacy that is still defining the world of motor vehicles today.

At the first glance 44 hp and a peak torque of 81 Nm (60 lb ft) in the Porsche 356 1300 might seem strange for a sports car. But remember, first of all we are still talking about the 1950s and secondly, this car only weighed 830 kg (1330 lbs) – that’s ridiculously little. That combined with the convertible body-style, no traction control or driver assistent gadgets from Bosch, the 356 cabriolet was a pretty fun car to drive – and still is.

Quick Facts

Year

1948 - 1965

Cylinders

4

Displacement

1286 ccm (78.5 ci)

Horsepower

44

Top Speed

144 km/h (90 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

19.5 s

Engine

Type

naturally aspirated 4-cylinder boxer engine

Position

rear

Displacement

1286 ccm (78.5 ci)

Compression Ratio

6.5:1

Boost Pressure

/

max. RPM

/

max. Torque @RPM

81 Nm (60 ft lb) @2500

max. Horsepower @RPM

44 @4000

Valves/Cylinder

2

Valvecontrol

Central camshaft (pushrod)

Transmission

Drivetrain

RWD

Type

4-speed manual

Gear Ratios

/

Final Axel Ratio

4.38

Design

Seats

2+2

Doors

2

Length/Width/Height

3950/1661/1300 mm (155.5/65.4/51.2 in)

Weight 

830 kg (1830 lbs)

Paint Options

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Interior Colour Options

/

Interior Materials

/

Cw value

/

Design by

Porsche

Performance

Top Speed

144 km/h (90 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

19.5 s

60-120mph / 100-200kmh

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60-0mph / 100-0kmh

/

1/4 Mile

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Price

New 

≈ 10.000 DM (≈ 30.000 $ today)

Used 

≈ 100.000 $

Thank you for visiting Motor Heritage. Big thank you goes to Porsche and the cars owner, Greg O’Keefe (Website) for providing the images. Feel free to check out the other cars we covered so far by clicking here. If you would like to suggest a car that we should cover, go to our Contact form to send it in.

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