On July 7th, 1948, the first test report on a Porsche coupe was published and thus marked the birth of the Porsche 356. The Porsche got its name at the time because the number 356 was the consecutive number of the Porsche design. Basically, the Porsche 356 could also have been called 349, since Porsche, as a young company, started with the construction number 7 right from the start in order to appear more serious to potential customers. The label Minichamps has breathed new life into the sports version of the "original Porsche" and made it available in red and black exclusively for ck-modelcars and modelissimo. Characteristic of the Speedster at that time were sporty bucket seats, plug-in windows instead of crank windows and the standard 1500 cc engine. Both models of the 356 Speedster from Minichamps are limited to only 500 pieces. Collectors can look forward to a very high level of detail, which we are not used to from Minichamps. Since the Porsche 356 Speedster is very popular, the models strike a chord with many collectors.
The Porsche 356 is said to have been created because Ferry Porsche could not find the car he dreamed of owning on the market. So he made the decision to build this dream car himself. Ferry Porsche based the guidelines on those that had already become clear in the work of Ferdinand Porsche. These are air cooling, an understanding of aerodynamics, a rear wheel drive and the close connection between motorsport and production car design. Ferry Porsche thus defined all those things that Porsche still stands for today. Anyone who thinks there is a similarity in design between the Porsche 356 and the VW Beetle is right to do so. The reason for this is that the design of the two vehicles was penned by Erwin Komenda.
In terms of the facelift of the 356, the models were divided into four different generations over the years of manufacture, with all variants having a 4-cylinder rear engine and rear-wheel drive. The model of the first 7 years from 1948-1955 is considered the original model. This was followed by the second generation, the 356 A model, for 4 years (1955-1959), to be replaced by the 356 B generation, also for 4 years (1959-1963). In the years 1963-1965, the fourth and last generation 356 C marked the end after a total of 76,302 vehicles had been built and paved the way for the production of the 911 series that had already started.
No Porsche logo was found on the original model until 1952/53, as this had not yet been designed. Only the lettering "Porsche" could be found on the front and rear of the 356. There were 4 engines. One with 1100 cc and 40hp, one with 1300 cc and 44hp and two versions of the 1500 engine which had 55hp in the normal version and 70hp in the 1500S version. The "Speedster" sports version was added to the range in 1954 and cost 12,200 DM (former German currency) to purchase, almost 2,000 DM more than the basic model. In addition to the further development of the vehicle, the performance of the available engines of each generation continued to increase. In the 356 A, engines up to 1600 cc found their place. Power ranged from 60 hp to 110 hp in the GS Carrera version. In the 356 B, the displacement was then already up to 2000 cc. As a result, the third generation of the 356 already delivered 130 hp in the top-of-the-line 2000 GS engine. The most powerful 356 B ever built comes from Abarth and is called 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth Coupé. The vehicle had been lightened by 140kg compared to the original, had 135 hp and reached an unbelievable speed of 230kph. The model reached 100 kph in just 8.8 seconds. As far as the engine is concerned, nothing new happened with the C model. However, disc brakes on all four wheels moved into the 356 as standard equipment.
|Porsche 356 Speedster year 1956 black 1:43 Minichamps||31,46 €|
|Porsche 356 Speedster year 1956 red 1:43 Minichamps||31,46 €|