How it all the started
The Type 356 was the first real Porsche sports
car and Professor Ferdinand Porsche’s last great work. He was influenced
by Piero Dusio, an Italian, who in the early WW2 years produced
Cisitalia sports cars using modified Fiat parts.
Professor Ferdinand thought of how he could
build something like the Italian,s sports car from VW parts.
However, only old VW parts were readily
available in Austria just after the War, that is why the first Porsche
was made from a network of tubes, like the Cisitalia, known as a
The Type 356 also indicated the 356th project since formation of
Porsche’s design office in 1930. Ferry Porsche started the project
in 1947, having run and tested a chassis version around the mountain
roads of Gmund in 1948. Erwin Komenda was authorised to construct
a body, resulting in a roadster, inspired by the Type 114.
One of its first drivers was Ferry Porsche, when negotiating the
famous Grossglockner Pass, the cars frame buckled, nearly collapsing
the rear torsion bar housing. Ferry strengthened it with two pieces
of scrap iron from a friendly road worker nearby. In 1948 the first
prototype was sold to von Senger, a Swiss dealer for 7000 francs.
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