The Porsche 356 was the initial production vehicle of the world-renowned automobile manufacturer. This rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car has a rear-mounted engine and agile handling characteristics. Original models used a combination of Porsche and Volkswagen parts. By the end of the car’s production run it was all Porsche. The 356 came in both hard and soft top configurations. In mid-1962, the 356B model incorporated the unique design changes of the T6 body. The result is the birth of the Porsche roadster. After making its debut at the 1961 Frankfurt Auto Show, the first sales of the total number of 1600 cabriolets built were in April 1962.
Building upon its speedster heritage, the 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet incorporated improved handling and a more comfortable, refined ride into the already sparkling performance of earlier 356 models. The chrome-framed windshield coupled with the different doors, rear cowling and top combined to create a sportier look and feel, the ultimate version of the 356 Roadster. When powered by the Super 90 engine, you have one of the fastest and most powerful 356 ever built.
The 356B is often under appreciated by collectors when compared to the A and C variants, but the B model is classic Porsche. The 1962 356 Cabriolet incorporates thoughtful and functional design, mechanical robustness, high-quality, value and reliability, the tried and true hallmarks of Porsche.
The 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet is honed to a racers edge. It pays homage to its lineage while providing an excellent open-road driving experience.
Porsche has designated their new sports utility vehicle, the Macan. Early reports had originally stated the vehicle would be named the Cajun. An interview last year with Volkswagen CEO mentioned that name designation to the media. This new vehicle is a smaller and lower version of the Cayenne. The Macan promises performance and versatility in a smaller SUV package.
The new Macan highlights the expanded efforts of Porsche to grow their line of vehicles further than the sports car market that serves the bulk of their sales. Porsche sports car enthusiasts are not thrilled with the idea of another non-sports vehicle from Porsche. The overall sentiment seems to be one of respect that Porsche has been able to successfully bridge the gap in the vehicle marketplace. Porsche has successfully shown that they have been able to maintain their core values on delivering sleek and fast vehicles while expanding into other models.
The Macan will deliver a smooth chassis that comes equipped with Porsche handling and engine capabilities. Porsche has repeatedly shown with their other non sports vehicle models that they have the drive and ability to set a new standard in SUV vehicles. Persistent rumors suggest that the Macan may have a hybrid model and a three door version eventually.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was a model sports car that was produced by the Porsche family motor vehicles from 1953 to 56. The initial production of the car was introduced at the Paris Auto Show, offering a low body that is very low to the ground, offering for optimal fuel efficiency when put in racing conditions, which is what the Porsche 550 spyder was initially developed for. The newer model, which was developed in its final year of production in 1956, was a much lighter body and frame, offering a more rigide chassis system, which gave it a great body to race in many racing events and series.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was replaced in 1957 with the Porsche 718, which was far more successful in Formula 1 racing, due to the development, the low body frame, the compact size, and the easy of movement on the course, which the Porsche 550 Spyder did not offer to racers. Today, the Porsche 550 Spyder is known as the Porsche Boxster, which is a common sports car, and has gone through various changes, in order to offer a more fuel efficient sports car, and one that drivers feel the luxury and comfort while driving down the road in.
The original Porsche 550 Spyder offered fiberglass panels, which sat on a custom chassis, and was powered by a VW Porsche or Alfa Romeo flat 4- engine drive engine. These series were discontinued in 1956, which were replaced by the 550A, and its later series the 718.