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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 by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1948 – 1951
production 41
price $ $ 3,750
engine Type 369 Flat-4
position Rear, Longitudinal
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Dual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
displacement 1086 cc / 66.27 in³
compression 6.5:1
power 29.8 kw / 40 bhp @ 4200 rpm
specific output 36.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 65.25 bhp per tonne
torque 70.5 nm / 52 ft lbs @ 3300 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Body over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front tires 5.00×6
rear tires 5.00×6
steering VW Worm & Nut
f suspension VW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
r suspension VW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight 613 kg / 1350 lbs
top speed ~141.59 kph / 88 mph
fuel econ epa 7.35 L/100 km or 32 mpg-us
fuel capacity 50 litres or 13.20 gal.