The 356 1300S was unveiled at the Paris Salon in October 1953. It boasted a 1300cc engine that produced 60bhp.
For the 1954 model year, all 356s were treated to additional sound insulation, more comfortable seats, passenger seatbelts and two coathooks – Porsche was realising that, to widen the appeal of its cars, it had to offer comforts and luxuries. Other changes included Bosch horns, a pneumatic fuel gauge and better windscreen washers.
Engine: Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-four with two Solex 32 PBI downdraft carburettors
Compression ratio: 6.5:1
Bore and stroke: 74.5x74mm
Maximum power: 60bhp at 5500rpm
Maximum torque: 88Nm at 3600rpm
Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums
Suspension: Front: Front: Double parallel arms with torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers
Wheels & tyres: Front: 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres. Front: 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres
Weight: 810kg (830kg in 1955)
0-60mph: 17.0 sec
Top speed: 99mph
Coupe and Cabriolet versions were offered