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1956 Porsche 356A Technical Specifications and Dimensions

These are standard specifications - not necessarily specifications for the vehicle(s) in the photo(s).

Features

Engine Location : Rear
Drive Type : Rear Wheel
Body / Chassis : Steel unibody
Production Years for Series : 1955 - 1959
Price : $3,210-$5,900
Weight : 2000 lbs | 907.185 kg

Performance

0-60 mph : 10.6 seconds.
1/4 Mile : 19.5 seconds.
Top Speed : 160 km/h | 99.44 mph

Power

Opposed 4
Displacement : 1582 cc | 96.5 cu in. | 1.6 L.
Power : 59 BHP (43.424 KW) @ 4500 RPM
Torque :81 Ft-Lbs (110 NM) @ 2800 RPM
Bore : 3.3 in | 83 mm.
Stroke : 2.9 in | 74 mm.
Compression : 7.5:1
Main Bearings : 4
Valvetrain : 8 OHV (2 valves per cylinder)
Ignition system :2 Solex Zenith carbs
Opposed 4
Displacement : 1286 cc | 78.5 cu in. | 1.3 L.
Power : 43 BHP (31.648 KW) @ 4200 RPM
Torque :59 Ft-Lbs (80 NM) @ 2800 RPM
Bore : 3.2 in | 80 mm.
Stroke : 2.5 in | 64 mm.
Compression : 6.5:1
Main Bearings : 4
Ignition system :2 Solex carbs
Opposed 4
Displacement : 1582 cc | 96.5 cu in. | 1.6 L.
Power : 74 BHP (54.464 KW) @ 5000 RPM
Torque :86 Ft-Lbs (117 NM) @ 3700 RPM
Bore : 3.3 in | 83 mm.
Stroke : 2.9 in | 74 mm.
Compression : 8.5:1
Main Bearings : 4
Valvetrain : 8 OHV (2 valves per cylinder)
Ignition system :2 Solex Zenith carbs
Opposed 4
Displacement : 1498 cc | 91.4 cu in. | 1.5 L.
Power : 108 BHP (79.488 KW) @ 6200 RPM
Torque :88 Ft-Lbs (119 NM) @ 5200 RPM
Bore : 3.4 in | 85 mm.
Stroke : 2.6 in | 66 mm.
Compression : 8.7:1
Main Bearings : 4
Ignition system :2 Solex 40 PJ1 2-barrel carbs
Transmission:
4 Manual In rear transaxle

Production Figures

Total Porsche Production for 1956 : 4,201
Total 1956 356A production : 4,201
1956 Porsche 356A
Cabriolet 2 dr. 2 P : 430
Coupe 2 dr. : 2,921
Roadster 2 dr. 2 P : 850

Dimensions

Coupe
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

Cabriolet
Price : $3,910
Weight : 2000 lbs | 907.185 kg
Seating Capacity : 2
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

Roadster
Price : $3,210
Weight : 1700 lbs | 771.107 kg
Seating Capacity : 2
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

1500GS/Carrera Coupe
Price : $5,700
Weight : 2000 lbs | 907.185 kg
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

1500GS/Carrera Cabriolet
Price : $5,900
Weight : 2000 lbs | 907.185 kg
Seating Capacity : 2
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

1500GS/Carrera Roadster
Price : $5,200
Weight : 1750 lbs | 793.787 kg
Seating Capacity : 2
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

Chassis
Seating Capacity : 2+2
Exterior
Length : 155.5 in | 3950 mm.
Width : 66.0 in | 1676 mm.
Height : 51.0 in | 1295 mm.
Wheelbase : 82.7 in | 2101 mm.
Front Track : 50.7 in | 1288 mm.
Rear Track : 50.0 in | 1270 mm.
Ground Clearance : 6.0 in | 152 mm.

Handling

Suspension
Front : Parallel trailing arms with transverse laminated torsion bars and anti-roll bar

Rear : Swing axles with transverse torsion bars

Steering
Worm and Peg

1956 Averages

Avg. Car Cost : $2,050
Avg. Household Income : $4,450
Avg. Home : $11,700
Avg. Gallon of Gas : $0.22

The 1956 Porsche 356A measures 66.00 inches in width, The 1956 Porsche 356A measures 155.50 inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 82.70 inches.

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