By the mid-1950s, the larger 1600cc engine made a lot more sense than the under powered 1300 and this model went on to become the entry-level 356 after the 1300 was discontinued in 1957.

How to Spot
  • One-piece curved windscreen
  • Porsche crest incorporated into the bonnet handle

The 356A 1600 was initially available in Coupe and Cabriolet forms from 1956, with Hardtop-Coupe and Hardtop/Cabriolet versions added in 1958.


Capacity: 1582cc

Compression ratio: 7.5:1

Maximum Power: 60bhp @ 4500rpm

Maximum Torque: 110Nm @ 2800rpm

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

Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transverse torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.90/15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.90/15 tyres

Length: 3950mm

Width: 1670mm

Weight: 850 (885 for 1959)kg

Did you know?

The Hardtop-Coupe was built by Karmann and was essentially a Cabriolet with a hardtop welded in place!