1954 Porsche 356

The 356 was the first car production car from Porsche after its founding in 1948. Small, light, rear-engined and highly maneuverable, it set the standard by which all other Porsches have been built.

Reutter Karosserie was one of the coachbuilders Porsche contracted to aid in construction of bodies for the 356. Reutter was purchased by Porsche in the early 1960s, in either 1963 or 1964. Other prominent Porsche coachbuilders at the time was Glaser.

Large scale production of the 356 was never Porsche's intention. Soon, the facilities in Gmünd had become insufficient so the company moved back to Stuttgart Germany. Reutter was given the responsibility of constructing the Porsche 356 coupe bodies while Glaser was responsible for the 356 convertibles.

In 1953, Porsche introduced the 356 to the United States. Max Hoffman of New York was established as the sole importer of Porsche cars. The following year, Hoffman requested that Porsche create a scaled-down version of its 356, in open configuration, for use in the West Coast in armature racing competition. The idea was to get a lightweight, low-cost competitive racer that could help promote the Porsche nameplate. During the next five years, more than 4100 examples of the Speedster were constructed. Production of the Speedster ceased in 1959.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
1954 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Reutter Karosserie

Porsche's recovery following World War II was built upon low cost, available components from the Volkswagen 'Beetle' that Dr. Ferdinand Porsche had designed pre-war. His son, Dr. Ferry Porsche, grew the family business into increasing production when....[continue reading]

1954 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Reutter Karosserie

Chassis Num: 80032
Engine Num: 33688

This Porsche 356 is an early-built example and is among the very first Speedsters built within the 1954 production run of 200 cars. When new, it was sold through the Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York City to Joe Vittone's Volkswagen dealership in....[continue reading]

1954 Porsche 356 vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 60568
Engine Num: 33108

Porsche importer Max Hoffman reportedly was selling 11 Porsches a week and about 30-percent of the company's total production in 1954. On June 24th of that year, this Pre-A Cabriolet left the factory to be delivered to Mr. Hoffman. It made its way to....[continue reading]

Roadster by Reutter Karosserie
 
Roadster by Reutter Karosserie
Chassis #: 80032 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 60568 

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During the war Ferdinand Ferry Porsche and a handful of his proven, faithful employees had started work on development number 356 in their workshops moved to the town of Gmünd in Kärnten. The first design drawings were completed on 17 July 1947 and on 8 June 1948 the Kärnten state government issued a special permit homologating the car. Returning home after being held by the French as a prisoner....
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The Porsche 365C has been named the number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s by Sports Car International in 2004. The Porsche 356 is still widely regarded as a collector car that has capably stood the test of time. There is some debate over which vehicle was the first official Porsche, the pre-war Porsche 64 being actually a VW racing automobile. The 356 was a sports car designed....
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The Porsche 365C has been named the number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s by Sports Car International in 2004. The Porsche 356 is still widely regarded as a collector car that has capably stood the test of time. There is some debate over which vehicle was the first official Porsche, the pre-war Porsche 64 being actually a VW racing automobile. The 356 was a sports car designed....
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1954 Porsche Models

Concepts by Porsche

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5,005
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