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1955 Porsche 356/1500 Continental Coupé

1955 Porsche 356/1500 Continental Coupé

At the request of American importer Max Hoffman, 356s for the 1955 model year were badged as Continentals before reaching American shores.

As Lincoln protested the Continental name being used, the Porsche Continental was only produced in 1955 and thus represented the ultimate Pre-A 1500 before 356A production commenced.


In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Stuttgart, Germany
body stylist Erwin Komenda
engine Type 527 Air Cooled Flat-4
position Rear, Longituinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Dual Solex 40 PIBC Downdraft
power 44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 5000 rpm
bhp/weight 80.21 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Tub Chassus
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs
front tires 5.00-16
rear tires 5.00-16
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 748 kg / 1647 lbs
wheelbase 2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track 1290 mm / 50.8 in
rear track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
length 3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmission VW 4-Speed Manual