The 356 1300S was unveiled at the Paris Salon in October 1953. It boasted a 1300cc engine that produced 60bhp.

For the 1954 model year, all 356s were treated to additional sound insulation, more comfortable seats, passenger seat belts and two coat hooks; Porsche was realising that, to widen the appeal of its cars, it had to offer comforts and luxuries. Other changes included Bosch horns, a pneumatic fuel gauge and better windscreen washers.

How to Spot

Smooth, rounded bodyshell. Bumpers protrude from the body and fitted with overriders. Front indicators combined with horn grilles.


Coupe and Cabriolet versions were offered


Capacity: 1290cc

Compression ratio: 6.5:1

Maximum Power: 60bhp @ 5500rpm

Maximum Torque: 88Nm @ 3600rpm

Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums

Suspension: Front: Front: Double parallel arms with torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres. Front: 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres

Length: 3950mm

Width: 1660mm

Weight: 810kg (830kg in 1955)

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0-60mph: 17.0 sec Top speed: 99mph