Writing the rulebook
70 years on, Porsche still plays by 356 rules
Rear-mounted engine With the cylinders laid lat, 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 rooline, 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.