Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster (1948)

Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster (1948)

Year of production: 1948
Engine: flat-four
Displacement: 1,131 cc
Power output:35 HP (26 kW)
Top speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)

The first sports car bearing the Porsche name was built in Gmünd, in the Austrian state of Carinthia, early in 1948. With this vehicle, Ferry Porsche realised his idea of what a modern sports car should be like. The prototype of Porsche Type 356 “No. 1” was ready for the road on June 8 and the State Government of Carinthia granted a special one-off permit for its trial use on public roads. The mid-engine sports car was powered by a VW engine uprated to 35 HP (26 kW). Weighing only 585 kilograms, it had a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). In August 1948, “Number One” demonstrated its fitness for competition racing in the Innsbruck Street Race.

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