Porsche’s role in the global automotive industry dates back decades. Various models have been released and regenerated until now.
Talking a little about Porsche, this is the name of an automotive company that is synonymous with sports and luxury cars.
Porsche was founded by Ferdinand Porsche, and the company is based in Germany. Ferdinand is also the engineer who created Volkswagen’s first car.
The history of Porsche cars can be traced back to 1948, starting from the 356, whose shape still feels like a Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche also continues to evolve to produce hybrid and pure electric cars to keep up with the times.
Here are seven early Porsche cars that are now classic assets:
On June 8, 1948, the first car bearing the Porsche name was certified. The car is a Porsche 356/1 Roadster manufactured at Gmünd in Carinthia, Austria.
This car is equipped with a 1,100 cc engine with a power of 35 hp, while it weighs 585 kilograms and is claimed to reach a speed of 135 km per hour.
This car is easily recognizable through the windshield split into two parts, and this model is also available in open-top versions Cabriolet, Speedster, and Roadster.
On its official website, Porsche says the 356 is available in several models until it changes to the 356 A.
356 A (1956-1960)
Then in 1956, the 356 was replaced by the 356 A. Since its launch, this model has been available in five four-cylinder engine options.
First 356 1300 with 44 hp, second 356 A 1300 Super with 60 hp, third 356 1600 with 60 hp, fourth 356 A 1600 Super with 75 hp, and fifth 356 A 1500 GS Carrera with 100 hp.
The difference from before can be seen in the curved panoramic windshield. The front indicator is also integrated with the horn, and all models have a modified front cover handle with Porsche Crest inserts.
This model also has chrome ornaments on the headlights and number plate, while the reverse lamp is mounted under the number plate.
All 356 generations are also available in open-top Cabriolet, Speedster, or Convertible D versions.
The type 356, especially the sporty version, has the additional designation “Carrera,” powered by a Fuhrmann engine. This power unit is named after designer Ernst Fuhrmann.
356 B (1960-1964)
In the 1960 model, the 356 A was replaced by a completely redesigned 356 B (T5).
The power of this latest version ranges from 60 hp on the 356 B 1600 to 140 hp on the Porsche 356 B 2000 GS-GT Carrera 2. The difference in exterior design between the B series and the previous model is seen in the front bumper, with the rim guards enlarged and positioned approximately 10cm. Higher.
Then the headlights are also positioned much higher. The position of the lights has also been changed. For example, two lamps for lighting the number plate are integrated with the rear bumper, while the reverse lights are installed under the bumper.
For the 1962 (T6) model, the 356 B received a significantly widened front rim cap.
All 356 generations are also available in open-top Cabriolet, Speedster, or Roadster versions, while the sporty performance is additionally named Carrera and is powered by a Fuhrmann engine.
356 C (1964-1965)
On the 1964 model, the 356 C replaced the 356 B. Engine options were reduced to three, and the existing 60 hp variant was euthanized. In contrast, the 75 hp engine of the B 1600 Super is the entry-level engine.
The top variant engine on the 356 C to 2000 GS Carrera produces a power output of 130 hp.
Design-wise, there are slight differences between the C and B series. One notable change is the modified rims with a flatter hub cap without the Porsche Crest. Braking also uses discs.
In September 1963, Porsche presented the Porsche 901 at the IAA in Frankfurt as the successor to the Porsche 356. Production of the 901 series began one year later, in September 1964.
When Porsche presented the vehicle at the Paris Motor Show in October of that year, French automaker Peugeot objected to the model’s designation.
The reason is that Peugeot has patented a three-digit type designation with a zero in the middle. That’s why Porsche changed the name of the 901 to 911.
This combination of numbers is the same as the emergency numbers in the US, where the country is one of the main markets for Porsche. However, 82 units of the 901 had been produced before the name change.
The 911, which was previously the 901, is a coupe-designed car powered by a 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine and 130 hp.
On the 1967 model, the 911 was also available with a ‘safety cab’ via a permanently attached roll-over bar and a removable soft top.
Then in the 1969 model, the wheelbase was extended by 57 mm, which resulted in increased comfort and, at the same time, more stable driving dynamics.
This model continued to be developed until 1973 by going through various changes, one of which was the engine sector.
To bridge the price gap between the 356 still in production and the 911, in 1965, Porsche launched the 912. It was billed as the more affordable but significantly less powerful 911 variant.
In terms of looks and technology, the 912 is almost identical to the 911. However, unlike the 911, it is powered by the 1.6-liter flat-four engine of the 356 SC at the rear.
Then power was reduced from 95 hp to 90 hp at 5,800 rpm for use on the 912. The engine is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.