Prior to the German invasion of Poland, Porsche had designed and built three Type 64 cars for a Berlin to Rome race in 1939 that was never run. Then, in 1948, Ferdinand Ferry Porsche, son of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company, created the Porsche 356. A four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car utilizing unitized pan and body construction, the 356 was road certified in Austria on June 8, 1948. The 1948 Porsche 356 would go down in history as Porsches first production vehicle. These early 356 autos relied heavily on Volkswagen parts, however by the late 50's, Porsche had quickly re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance, thus eliminating the dependence on Volkswagen parts and mechanics. The early 356 autos were also handcrafted in aluminum, but when production moved to Germany in 1950, models became steel-bodied. From the first prototype in 1948, it took Porsche almost two years to manufacture its first 50 automobiles.
With very few ever produced and even fewer remaining today, the 1948 Porsche 356 is one of the most sought-after European classic cars in the market. While the Buyer's Tips for most classics like this would include checking for rust and determining mechanical soundness, finding a 1948 Porsche 356 four-cylinder of any condition is an excellent find. Of course you will want to check the authenticity of the Porsche 356 and verify that chassis and engine numbers are matching to ensure the highest value. If you are looking to buy a 1948 Porsche 356, the team of European classic car specialists at The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to speak with you and to assist you in your search. A California classic car dealership with a reputation for fair, honest and professional car deals, their team has the industry contacts needed to help you find the 1948 356 you desire.
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