Porsche 356 A

1955 Porsche 356 A

1956 Porsche 356 A

To quote the brochure: "The knowledge gained from the manufacture of racing cars, and the invaluable experience accumulated over many years have all been incorporated in this successful design. Constant improvements to detail have been made on the Porsche car, and in its present form it may be considered to have reached a state of perfection. No changes have been made in the external shape of the vehicle, since this was aerodynamically the best solution, and its undated elegant form has become a symbol of technical beauty in our age".

 

1955 Porsche 356 A

1956 Porsche 356 A
 

1957 Porsche 356 A model range

1957 Porsche 356 A model range

The 356 A was available with a 1300, 1300 S, 1600 or 1600 S engine.

"Unlike the normal Porsche arrangement, in the Spyder the engine is mounted in front of the rear axle, while the gearbox is placed behind the rear axle. The engine is easily accessible since the whole of the tail can be hinged upwards. The fuel tank has an external quick-action filler cap. The spare wheel is mounted at the rear of the vehicle.The maximum engine speed is 7000 r.p.m."

1955 Porsche 356 A

1956 Porsche 356 A

 

Specification
Porsche 356 A 1600 S

Engine
Air-cooled, horizontally opposed 4-cyl, 1582 cc

Power
75 hp @ 5000 rpm

Transmission
4 speed manual

Chassis
Platform

Suspension
Independent front and rear

Brakes
hydraulic drum

Top speed
175 km/h