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Porsche 356 A
 
Porsche 356 A

In model year 1956, the 356 was replaced by the comprehensively enhanced 356 A. As from its market launch, this type was available with five four-cylinder engines:

- 356 A 1300 with 44 hp
- 356 A 1300 Super with 60 hp
- 356 1600 with 60 hp
- 356 A 1600 Super with 75 hp
- 356 A 1500 GS Carrera with 100 hp

The modifications to the vehicle were part of "Technical Programme 1" (T1). One of the key visual differences between the A series and the original 356 was a single-piece, curved panoramic windscreen. The front indicators were always integrated in the horn grille and all models had a modified front lid handle with inset Porsche Crest. The tail lights were teardrop-shaped as of 03/1957.

The 1300 models were discontinued in model year 1958 (T2). The tailpipes of the 1600 models ended between the bumper guards to give more ground clearance. The chrome-plated housing with number plate lighting and reversing light was mounted below the number plate.

All 356 generations were also available in an open-top version (Cabriolet, Speedster or Convertible D).

From the type 356 onwards, particularly sporty versions were given the additional designation "Carrera" and were powered by a Fuhrmann engine.

This power unit, named after designer Ernst Fuhrmann, was characterised by four overhead camshafts, which were driven by bevel-gear shafts. The engine also featured a dual ignition with two separate distributors.

Model versions

356 A 1300 (1956-57)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate

356 A 1300 Super (1956-57)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // Sill trims // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate

356 A 1600 (1956-59)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // Sill trims // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate; below number plate as of MY 1958

356 A 1600 Speedster (1956-58)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and partially with bumper guards // One-piece curved windscreen with rounded top corners // Window inserts in doors // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate; below number plate as of MY 1958 // Unpadded fabric hood with flexible plastic rear window // Chrome trims at level of door handles // "Speedster" logo on front wings

356 A 1600 Super (1956-59)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // Sill trims // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate; below number plate as of MY 1958

356 A 1600 Super Speedster (1956-58)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and partially with bumper guards // Sill trims // One-piece curved windscreen with rounded top corners // Window inserts in doors // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Round tail lights; teardrop-shaped as of 03/57 // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Round rear direction indicators adjacent to tail lights; integrated in tail lights as of 03/57 // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing above number plate; below number plate as of MY 1958 // Unpadded fabric hood with flexible plastic rear window // Chrome trims at level of door handles // "Speedster" logo on front wings

356 A 1600 Hardtop (1958-59)

Features
Welded (Coupé) or removable (Cabriolet) hardtop // Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // Sill trims // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Teardrop-shaped tail lights with integrated direction indicators // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Rear direction indicators integrated in tail lights // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing below number plate // Tailpipes protrude through bumper guards

356 A 1600 Super Hardtop (1958-59)

Features
Welded (Coupé) or removable (Cabriolet) hardtop // Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // One-piece curved windscreen // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Teardrop-shaped tail lights with integrated direction indicators // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Rear direction indicators integrated in tail lights // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing below number plate // Tailpipes protrude through bumper guards

356 A 1600 Convertible D (1959)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // One-piece curved windscreen // Retractable side windows // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Teardrop-shaped tail lights with integrated direction indicators // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Rear direction indicators integrated in tail lights // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing below number plate // Unpadded fabric hood with flexible plastic rear window // Chrome trims at level of door handles // Tailpipes protrude through bumper guards

356 A 1600 Super Convertible D (1959)

Features
Bumpers set apart from body and with bumper guards // One-piece curved windscreen // Retractable side windows // Long, narrow handle with Porsche Crest on luggage compartment lid // Teardrop-shaped tail lights with integrated direction indicators // Round, flat front direction indicators integrated in horn grille // Rear direction indicators integrated in tail lights // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Number plate lighting in chrome housing below number plate // Unpadded fabric hood with flexible plastic rear window // Chrome trims at level of door handles // Tailpipes discharge between bumper guards

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