Porsche 356A 1600 Super Cabriolet

Porsche introduced its first car, ultimately referred to as the 356, in March 1948. VW-supplied running gear, suspension, brakes, steering, and gearbox underpinned the car, while Porsche modified the engine with redesigned heads and a Solex carburettor above each bank of cylinders on twin-port manifolds. About 50 hand-built coupés and cabriolets were produced between 1948 and 1951, with the company quickly in need of better facilities in order to grow and prosper.

Production began in March 1950. Demand quickly exceeded the original quota of 500 cars; the company reached that number just a year later. By March 1954, the company had built 10 times its original estimate. The 356A, introduced in 1956, was an update of the original. Included were a curved, one-piece windshield, more specialised Porsche components, and a greater choice of engines, including the 1600 Super with a 15 horsepower increase to 75 horsepower over the standard specification. The 356B remained in production through the 1959 model year.

Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.

75 hp, ‘Super’ 1,582 cc rear-mounted opposed air-cooled four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, anti-roll bar, trailing arms and telescopic shock absorbers, independent swing axle rear suspension with torsion bars and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Pieter E. Kamp

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