1956-1959 Porsche 356A Pictures and Specifications

The second-generation Porsche, the 356A, boasted increased horsepower, improved suspension, and a new four-speed gearbox. The classic Porsche 356A was produced between 1956 and 1959.

Unlike earlier models, the Porsche 356A featured a one piece-windshield.
Unlike earlier models, the Porsche 356A featured a one piece-windshield.

The Porsche 356A was lauded for its improved handling and tractability.
The Porsche 356A was lauded for its improved handling and tractability.

Prices for the Porsche 356A were closing in on $4,000 because of the quality of the workmanship.
The Porsche 356A Speedster was a jaunty drop-top classic.

Gold script distinguished the potent new Carrera GS (Grand Sport) models from lesser 356As.
Gold script helped distinguish the potent twincam Carrera GS (Grand Sport).


1956-1959 Porsche 356A Specifications

Prices New:

  • $3,700-$3,950 for 1600 models
  • Approx. $6,000 for 1956 Carrera
Dimensions:
Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
152.0-156.0 82.7 1,800-2,000

Engines:
Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1290ohv flat 4
50-71
1956-1957
1582 ohv flat 4 50-75 1956-1959
1498 dohc flat 4 115-125
1956-1958
1588dohc flat 4 121-132
1958-1959

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