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1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund Coupe / 356/2-040 Vehicle Information

1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund photograph

1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund photograph

1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund photograph

1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund
This vehicle, chassis number 356/2-040, was built in the spring of 1949, and is the oldest original condition Porsche in the world. It is one of less than 50 hand built all aluminum cars produced in Porsche's first 'factory' - a converted sawmill in Gmund, Austria (hence its name). Subsequently, manufacturing was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany, where it remains to this day.

Immediately, chassis #040 was put into service by Porsche as a highly documented development car, and was used as a rolling 'testbed' for factory experiments with aerodynamics and mechanical components, many of which were later used in the very successful 356 SL racecars at LeMans. Special racing features incorporated into this vehicle as a stronger aluminum engine (the standard cars used magnesium), raised shift linkage, and the first use of hydraulic brakes in a Porsche.

Sold in 1953 by Louisa Piech (Ferdinand Porsche's daughter and the sister of Ferry Porsche) to Otto Mathe, the well known 'one-armed' racer from Innsbruck, Austria. In 1996, after Mr. Mathe's passing, it was sold to Austrian enthusiast, Franz Rathkolb. It was purchased by Jerry Seinfeld in 2003.

Since Mr. Seinfeld became the owner of #0040, the services of Paul Russell and Company were retained to return the car to the perfect mechanical and running condition without disturbing any of its stunning originality. The car is now regularly driven on all the best sports car roads of California and New York, as was intended by its manufacturer.


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Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1948 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Erwin Komenda
Chassis Num: 356-001

Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-040
Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-045
Engine Num: 43

Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-045
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 5358

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1951 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sauter
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1951 Coupe
Chassis Num: 11167

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Glazer Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Glazer Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Glaser

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 11742
Engine Num: KD/P-32098

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis Num: 12336
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 12371

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 15040
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 50166 or 101684

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 12371
Engine Num: P40511
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 15040

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50064
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50161

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 S Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 50685
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50813
Engine Num: 31618

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 60266
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Coupe 2+2
Chassis Num: 51094

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 52668
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 60568
Engine Num: 33108

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 80032
Engine Num: 33688

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 53297

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 54089
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 54126

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 60719
Engine Num: 34059
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 60771
Engine Num: P*35786

Chassis information for the Porsche 356 Devin Special
1955 Speedster
Chassis Num: 80356
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80736

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 America Roadster
Chassis Num: 80741
Engine Num: P-84239
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80879
Engine Num: 60493

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80920
Engine Num: 71315
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 81009

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 102429
Engine Num: 81727
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 103428
Engine Num: 69468

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 103889
Engine Num: 1280268
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 150752
Engine Num: 70412

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 193428
Engine Num: 69468
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83828
Engine Num: 67278

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83870
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83895
Engine Num: 744333

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 83930
Engine Num: 81280
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83932

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84100
Engine Num: 67644

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84415
Engine Num: 68323
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84537

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 84590
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84708
Engine Num: 69186

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 85724
Engine Num: 82926

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 110307
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 110858
Engine Num: 95072

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 152862
Engine Num: 800204

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87 288
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87214

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87383
Engine Num: 800105
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87432
Engine Num: 601610

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87746
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 87779

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 87960
Engine Num: 4093259
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88121

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88221
Engine Num: 603331
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88348
Engine Num: 87182

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88658

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Coupe
Chassis Num: 112930
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 154048
Engine Num: 87401

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 154790
Engine Num: 604735
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Coupe
Chassis Num: 200701

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 87214
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 88579
Engine Num: 801468

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 120613
Engine Num: 97203

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 120995
Engine Num: 97062
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 121716

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 155816
Engine Num: 700659
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 156083
Engine Num: 700964

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 157138
Engine Num: 802965
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 211519

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Roadster
Chassis Num: 89665
Engine Num: 804499


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