The 1953 356 range was treated to a new gearbox with full synchromesh, larger drum brakes, road tail-lights (two on each side) and restyled bumpers.

Inside the now-famous Porsche crest appeared for the first time, on the steering wheel boss.

The 1500S was a new additional to the range. Its engine had a roller-borne Hirth crankshaft and power was raised to a heady 70bhp. According to an internal company memo of October 1952 it was originally intended only for racing drivers taking part in racing events.

How to Spot

Smooth, rounded bodyshell. Bumpers protruding from the body and fitted with overriders. Round indicator lenses directly below the headlamps.


Coupe and Cabriolet versions were offered


Capacity: 1488cc

Compression ratio: 6.5:1

Maximum Power: 70bhp @ 5000rpm

Maximum Torque: 108Nm @ 3600rpm

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: 1880mm

Weight: 810kg (830kg in 1955)

Did you know?

0-60mph: 13.5 sec Top speed: 109mph

The S stands for Super and the car is also known as the 1500 Super.