IT ALL STARTS HERE
This is it. The first production car to bear the Porsche name, from all the way back in 1948.
The first vehicle to carry the Porsche name was registered on June 8th 1948. It was referred to as the 356 No 1 Roadster.
It was produced in Gmund in Austria. Only fifty cars were produced during the first year of production.
The 356 was created by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche who founded the Austrian company with his sister Louise.
It is, surprise , surprise, derived from its scullery maid cousin, the Volkswagen Beetle. It was a four cylinder , air cooled, rear engine, rear wheel drive car with unitized pan and body construction.
The chassis was a completely new design and the body was designed by Porsche employee, Erwin Komenda.
To my eyes, the car has stood the test of time. It is still achingly desirable. I would love to have one in my dream garage.
The photos were all taken , by me, last Summer , at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart.