"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself"

- Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche 356/1 Facts

Porsche No. 1 Type 356 (mid-engine prototype)
Manufacturer Porsche
Production 1948, only 1 made
Predecessor None
Successor Porsche 356
Class Sports car
Body style(s) Roadster
Layout RMR layout
Engine(s) 1.1 L B4, 40 hp (DIN)
Wheelbase 82.7 inch (2100 mm)
Length need information
Width 65.4 inch (1660 mm)
Height need information
Curb weight 585 kg (1,290 lb)
Designer Erwin Komenda


The 356/1 was a prototype car with two seats in an open roadster design with a mid-mounted, air-cooled flat-4 1,131cc engine that produced 40 horsepower (30 kW).




In 1948 Ferdinand Porsche created the first true Porsche. The 356/1 was the car that started the company that was to become a world power in Motor sports. Although the body of the prototype was an original, the mechanicals were derived from Ferdinand Porsches Volkswagen Beetle designs. This included the engine and transmission.

Ermin Komenda designed the body of the 356/1 in April of 1948 and had it completed only a month later. Other than the relocation of the engine to behind the rear axle, the overall design carried thru to the 356's that were later produced. This change was made to allow room for 2 additional rear seats as well as provide a cost reduction in production. It maid its debut one June 8, 1948 (less than 3 months from design to full prototype) after being registered in the state of Carinthia (Kärnten). It wore the plate K45-256.


Only one 356/1 was made and it is on display at the Porsche Museum, Stuttgart.




The 356/1 was a prototype that never saw any action in racing.






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