Porsche history lesson...
An interesting history lesson for the early Porsche fans out there, although no doubt most of you will know.. In 1949 at the Geneva Motor Show the first ever Porsche 356 was shown to general public. These earlier versions of the car were actually hand built in Austria at Gmund. The A model was produced as far as 1959, the B model until 1962, and the C version up as far as 1965.
Statistics show that the 356 model was a very popular road car with a racing heritage. Some of these earlier models were specially prepared so as to be entered in competitive events such as the Le Mans 24 hours race. When first introduced the 356 was powered by a rear mounted 1100cc engine . Further down the road the engine options progressed to include the 1300cc, 1500cc, and 1600cc versions. To further boost the horsepower Twin choke Zenith, Solex and Weber carburetors were added.
The “S” or “Sport” specification was the only 356 to be given Four-wheel disc brakes, which were a nice compliment to the 1587cc engine. The speed could top off at 110 mph and at the time fuel economy was rated at over 30mph.
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