Writ­ing the rule­book

70 years on, Porsche still plays by 356 rules

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Rear-mounted en­gine With the cylin­ders laid ƒlat, nat­u­rally. The 356 in­her­ited this lay­out from the VW Beetle; now a road-go­ing 911 with its en­gine po­si­tioned ahead of the rear axle is un­think­able.

Curves, curves, curves Arc­ing rooƒline, el­lip­ti­cal head­lights in two bar­relled wings, rounded shoul­ders – these sig­na­tures are all still there in the 911. And the 718, Ma­can, Cayenne and Panam­era too, for that mat­ter.

Mo­tor­sport suc­cess The 356 en­tered ev­ery­thing from short sprints to cross-con­ti­nent epics, in­clud­ing the Liège-RomeLiège rally – which it won. Lessons learned in­formed de­vel­op­ment, just as 911 race cars do to­day.

Hewn from solid The 356 is light, but feels solid. Close the doors and you’ll get a re­as­sur­ing thump; every touch­point feels mea­sured and care­fully weighted. The same care is lav­ished on a Cay­man.

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