- Ferdinand Porsche began producing cars under his name in 1948.
- The first model introduced was the Type 356.
- The engine was based on a VW air-cooled, 4-cylinder, mounted in the rear.
- Porsche has a great racing history with many victories.
Ferdinand Porsche was a well-known designer of various makes of automobiles from Mercedes to Volkswagen. He began producing cars under his own name in 1948. The first public showing of the Porsche Type 356 was in Geneva in 1949, and Porsche immediately embarked on an export program.
The first 50 Type 356 cars were hand built in Austria with alloy bodies. When Porsche moved to larger production facilities at Stuttgart in 1950, the bodies were made of steel. The engine was based on the Volkswagen air-cooled 4-cylinder type and mounted in the rear. The windshield was divided and tapered and the front and rear bumpers were directly attached to the body. Some had individual front seats while others had a full-width bench seat. Almost 300 Type 356s were made during 1950. The 500th Porsche was built in March 1951 and in June Porsche made its first entry at Le Mans. Porsche has been continuously involved in competition and has scored many records.
Apart from minor variations in length caused by free-standing bumpers, all major features remained unchanged until the Type 911 appeared in 1965.