1948→1951 Porsche 356/2 Gmünd Cabriolet

1948→1951 Porsche 356/2 Gmünd Cabriolet

Of the 50 cars made in Gmünd, only eight were built up as cabriolets. Each was outsourced for its body and interior construction.

Six cars were sent to Beutler who constructed them with a slightly different shape than the factory coupes. Included was a kicked-up rear fender line which was used on several of the Buetler cabriolets. Furthermore the dashboard was unique to these cars.

Built to factory designs, Karosseriefabrik Ferdinand Keibl in Vienna produced an entirely different cabriolet of which only two were produced.

Sources & Further Reading.

1. Ludvigsen, Karl.Porsche. Excellence Was Expected. Bentley Publishers: 2003.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1948 – 1951
price $$ 3,750
engineType 369 Flat-4
positionRear, Longitudinal
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedDual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
displacement1086 cc / 66.27 in³
power29.8 kw / 40 bhp @ 4200 rpm
specific output36.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight65.25 bhp per tonne
torque70.5 nm / 52 ft lbs @ 3300 rpm
body / frameAluminum Body over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
front tires5.00×6
rear tires5.00×6
steeringVW Worm & Nut
f suspensionVW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
r suspensionVW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight613 kg / 1350 lbs
top speed~141.59 kph / 88 mph
fuel econ epa7.35 L/100 km or 32 mpg-us
fuel capacity50 litres or 13.20 gal.