Porsche 356 Pictures and Specifications

1965 Porsche 356C coupe.
The Porsche 356 put Porsche on the map. Pictured is a 1965 356C model.

The Porsche 356 was the blueprint for sports-car success. These lightweight, rear-engine coupes and cabriolets didn't change much in appearance, but underwent almost continuous technological improvement.

The pages of pictures and specifications that follow outline this car's evolution from the early 1950s through the mid 1960s.

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1950-1955 Porsche 356 Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 356 was the first volume-production Porsche. This first-generation of Porsche's classic rear-engine sports-car design went on sale in 1950 and continued through 1955.

1954 Porsche 356 coupe
The Porsche 356 had a simple, rounded form that's stood the test of time.

1954 Porsche 356 coupe rear view
The Porsche 356 used an air-cooled engine with roots in a Volkswagen design.


Porsche 356 interior
Highly functional and very well-built described the Porsche 356, inside and out.

Porsche 356 Speedster front view
The Porsche 356 Speedster had a racy cut-down windshield and cost $3,500.

1950-1955 Porsche 356 Specifications

Prices New:

  • $4,200 for 1952 coupe
  • $4,400 for 1954 Super
  • $3,500 for 1955 Speedster

Dimensions:

Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
152.0-156.0 82.7 1,657-1,830


Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1086ohv flat 4
46
1950-1954
1286 ohv flat 4 50 1951-1954
1290 ohv flat 4 70 1953-1955
1488 ohv flat 4 64-82 1952-1955

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

For more information on Porsche and other exciting cars, see:

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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

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

For more information on Porsche and other exciting cars, see:

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1960-1963 Porsche 356B Pictures and Specifications

High-set bumpers and enlarged windows marked the production Porsche 356B introduced for 1960. Despite steadily rising sales demand, Porsches were still built patiently and largely by hand, including the 356B, which was sold until 1963.

This 1963 Porsche 356B was one of the last Bs built.
This 1963 Porsche 356B was one of the last 356Bs built.



The Porsche 356B was offerred with three engines, including this 90-bhp Super 90.
The Porsche 356B offered three engines, including this 90-horsepower Super 90.



Porsche cockpits were considerably more lavish by 1963.
Porsche cockpits were considerably more lavish by 1963.



A power sunroof became optional on the 1962 Porsche 356B.
A power sunroof became optional on the 1962 Porsche 356B.

1960-1963 Porsche 356B Specifications

Prices New:

  • $4,100-$4,300

Dimensions:

Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
152.0-156.0 82.7 1,800-2,000


Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1582 ohv flat 4
70-102
1960-1963
1582 dohc flat 4 90 1962
1588 dohc flat 4 115 1962

Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

For more information on Porsche and other exciting cars, see:

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  • Muscle Cars: Check out 1960s and '70s American muscle cars.

1964-1965 Porsche 356C Pictures and Specifications

The Porsche 356C was the last version of the 356 line. It's two-year production run ended in 1965. There were few visual differences for this third generation 356, but plenty of under-the-skin improvements.

Flat-faced hubcaps gave the 356C a slightly varied look.
Flat-faced hubcaps were one way to identify a 356C from earlier 356s.

The C-Series was offered with a 95-bhp Super like the one shown that came with SC badge.
A 356C equipped with the 95-horsepower Super engine earned an SC badge.

The twin-overhead-cam Carrera engine made its racing debut in 1952, and was later adapted to the street.
The twincam Carrera four was a racing engine adapted for street use.


1964-1965 Porsche 356C Specifications

Prices New:

  • $4,100-$4,300

Dimensions:

Length (inches) Wheelbase (inches) Weight (pounds)
152.0-156.0 82.7 2,000

Engines:

Size (cc)
Type
Horsepower
Years
1582
ohv flat 4
88-170
1964-1965


Check out the complete story of Porsche cars, including these fabulous models:

Porsche 356

Porsche 911

Porsche 914

Porsche 924, 944, 968

Porsche 928

Porsche 959

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayman

For more information on Porsche and other exciting cars, see:

  • Consumer Guide Porsche new car prices and reviews
  • Consumer Guide Porsche used car prices and reviews
  • Consumer Guide Premium performance car prices and reviews
  • Ferrari: Learn about hundreds of road and racing Ferraris.
  • Muscle Cars: Check out 1960s and '70s American muscle cars.