This was one of the ultimate 356s. Fitted with a revvy double-overhead cam engine that produced an amazing – for its day – 100bhp at a heady 6200rpm, this was a seriously exciting car.
Engine: Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-four with double overhead camshafts and two Solex 40 PII (or downdraft carburettors
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Bore and stroke: 85x66mm
Maximum power: 100bhp at 6200rpm
Maximum torque: 119Nm at 5200rpm
Transmission: Four speed manual driving the rear axle
Brakes: Front: 280x40mm drums; rear: 280x40mm drums
Suspension: Front: Two swinging arms with two transverse torsion bar springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar; Rear: Swing axles with torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers
Wheels & tyres: Front: 4.5Jx15 with 5.90/15 tyres 4.5Jx15 with 5.90/15 tyres
Top speed: 124mph
The 356A 1500 GS Carrera was offered in Coupe and Cabriolet forms.