Initially only available with an 1100cc engine, in 1951 Porsche offered the 356 with a more powerful 1300cc engine, facilitated by changing the bore and stroke from 64×73.5mm to 64x80mm. However, at the same time, the compression ratio fell from 7.0:1 to 6.5:1, so the power only increased by 4bhp to 44bhp.

How to Spot

Smooth, rounded bodyshell.. Bumpers closely fitted to body with no overriders. Single, vertical grille in engine lid. Single-piece windscreen from 1952


Capacity: 1286cc

Compression ratio: 6.5:1

Maximum Power: 44bhp @ 4200rpm

Maximum Torque: 81Nm @ 2800rpm

Brakes: Front: 230x30mm drums; rear: 230x30mm 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: 30Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres 30Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres

Length: 3850mm

Width: 1660mm

Weight: 770kg

Did you know?

0-60mph: 22 sec Top speed: 90mph

Production 356s had steel bodywork which was cheaper and easier to work than the previous aluminium.