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 byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atStuttgart, Germany
body stylistErwin Komenda
engineType 527 Air Cooled Flat-4
positionRear, Longituinal
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedDual Solex 40 PIBC Downdraft
power44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 5000 rpm
bhp/weight80.21 bhp per tonne
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Tub Chassus
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSteel Discs
front tires5.00-16
rear tires5.00-16
steeringVW Worm & Nut
f suspensionVW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
r suspensionVW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight748 kg / 1647 lbs
wheelbase2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track1290 mm / 50.8 in
rear track1250 mm / 49.2 in
length3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmissionVW 4-Speed Manual