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


Capacity: 1488cc

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

Length: 3950mm

Width: 1660mm

Weight: 810kg (830kg in 1955)

Did you know?

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.