The 356 1500 was revised for 1953 with a new engine that was actually less powerful than the old one, produces 55bhp compared to 60bhp.
The brakes, meanwhile, were updated with larger drums all round.
The bumpers were enlarged, moved away from the body and fitted with overriders for the first time.
Inside the car, the steering wheel was endowed with the new Porsche crest, something that would go on to become a Porsche tradition.
How to Spot
Smooth, rounded bodyshell. Bumpers protruding from the body and fitted with overriders. Twin round taillamps.
Coupe and Cabriolet versions were offered
Compression ratio: 7:1
Maximum Power: 55bhp @ 4400rpm
Maximum Torque: 106Nm @ 2800rpm
Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums
Suspension: 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 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres
Weight: 810kg (830kg in 1955)
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0-60mph: 17.0 sec Top speed: 99mph
The coupe version of the 356, in all forms, outsold the Cabriolet by about four to one.