The Ultimate Car Collection #36; 1954 Porsche 356A Speedster
The Porsche 356 was the company's first
production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble handling
rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2 door sports car available in hardtop
and convertible configurations. Design innovations continued during
the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success
and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria where
approximately 50 cars were built.
In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. It is estimated approximately half of the total production of 76,000 356s still survive.