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First Porsche Sports Car is Coming to America

On August 14th at California s famed Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance Porsche No. 1 will be joining many other notable and historic cars. The Porsche is a one-of-a-kind two-seat sports car that was developed and built by Dr. Ferdinand Ferry Porsche some 60 years ago. The No. Porsche will also have a starring role in the Porsche Cars North America s 60th Anniversary celebration prior to its appearance in California in just a few days. If you want to be one of the lucky few to get a glimpse (as this is only the 2nd time ever the car has come state side) you may want to get over to the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance.

For those that dont know about the great history of the car here are some details:

  • It weights 1 290 pounds
  • Officially known as Type 356-001
  • Has a top speed of between 84 and 87 mph.
  • Interior featured a bench seat to accommodate a third passenger
  • Ample luggage compartment and the fuel tank were placed under the front hood
  • Read more about the Porsche 356 and its Specs
  • Read more about the 1948 Porsche 356

Reviews from journalists back on July 4 1948 were noting short of glowing. Robert Braunscheweig editor of Switzerland s highly respected Automobil Revue concluded This is how we imagine modern road motoring to be where the advantages of modern springing and the resultant driving comfort are combined with the adhesion of an equally modern low and handy sports car.

Porsche Porsche 356 1600 Black Photo

Over the years No. 1 has had many owners but was reacquired by Porsche AG and has since been the show in the Porsche museum. Porsche AG is currently working on a new museum and will display Porsche No. 1 in a way befitting the historic car that shaped all future Porsche vehicles.

For those of us in America this will be a rare chance to catch a glimpse of Porsche No.1. If you are unable to make it to the Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance (which I assume 99.5% of us will not) we will have to trek to Germany to see it on display.