Porsche 356 1500


The 356 1500 was revised for 1953 with a new engine that was actually less powerful than the old one, producing 55bhp compared to 60bhp of the earlier version.

The brakes, meanwhile, were uprated with larger drums all round.

The bumpers were enlarged, moved away from the body and fitted with overriders for the first time.

Inside the car, the steering wheel was endowed with the new Porsche crest – something that would go on to become a Porsche tradition.

Engine: Rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-four with two Solex 32 PBI downdraft carburettors
Capacity: 1488cc
Compression ratio: 7.0:1
Bore and stroke: 80x74mm
Maximum power: 55bhp at 4400rpm
Maximum torque: 106Nm at 2800rpm
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 3.25Dx16 with 5.00/16 tyres
Length: 3950mm
Width 1660mm
Weight: 810kg ( 830kg in 1955)
0-60mph: 17.0 sec
Top speed: 99mph

Coupe and Cabriolet versions were offered