“The 356 was Porsche's first production automobile. It is a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door car which was available both in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.
The basic design of the 356 remained the same throughout to the end of its lifespan in 1965, with evolutionary, functional improvements rather than annual superficial styling changes. The car was built of a unibody construction, making restoration difficult for cars that were kept in rust-prone climates.
One of the most desirable collector models is the 356 "Speedster", introduced in late 1954 after the company was advised that a lower-cost, somewhat spartan open-top version could sell well in the American market. With its low, raked windscreen (which could be removed for weekend racing), bucket seats and minimal folding top, the Speedster was an instant hit, especially in Southern California."
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