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Porsche 356/1
Porsche
aka Porsche Nr. 1 Roadster
Production 1948
Class Sports
Body Style Two-door roadster
Length 3850 mm
Width 1660 mm
Height 1300 mm
Wheelbase 2100 mm
Weight 800kg
Transmission 4-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Engine 1.1 litre four-cylinder, naturally aspirated
Power 30bhp
Similar Volkswagen Beetle specials
Designer Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

Produced when Ferdinand Porsche himself was in prison, the 356/1 was the prototype version of what would become the Porsche 356. The 356/1 was essentially soley a re-clothed Volkswagen Beetle, with a lightweight aluminium skin and rear-mounted four-cylinder engine. The car, which was built while Porsche resided in Gmund, Austria, was exceptionally light and well handling, and served an ample demonstrator for the burgeoning company.

Ferdinand Porsche's personal car for a long while, 356/1 can be seen today in the Porsche museum.


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