Origin: Stuttgart, Germany
Production: 1948-1965 | 500
Engine: 1.6L 4, Flat
Porsche originally started out offering motor vehicle development and consulting services. One of first projects that the company received was from the German government to design a car for the people, that is a “Volkswagen.” This resulted in the “Volkswagen Beetle,” one of the most successful car designs of all time. During WWII, production shifted from cars for the people to vehicles designed for the German military. Ferdinand Porsche, founder and Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen, lost his position to a British Army Major after the war.
After the war, parts were in short supply so many of the Porsche 356 models used parts from the Volkswagen Beetle. Throughout the lifespan of the 356, A, B, and C models were produced and Volkswagen parts were eventually phased-out.
Today, the Porsche 356 is a highly regarded collectible automobile. The Super 90 being among the most desirable 356 models with just over 500 roadsters produced. Of the 17-year production, 76,000 were originally produced with approximately half surviving.