Porsche Car Parts
World renowned German automobile manufacturer headquartered out of Stuttgart is approaching its centenary having been founded back in 1931. Despite never carrying the Porsche badge, the first project was a design brief that resulted in the iconic and hugely successful Volkswagen Beetle. It was this air cooled rear engined rear wheel driven platform that became synonymous with the Porsche brand. The early 1940s marked an extremely dark period in the organisations history as the war effort dominated. By 1948 Porsche unveiled their first production vehicle the 356, which shared many components with the Beetle. Design credit for the 356 goes to Ferry Porsche as his father and company founder Ferdinand Porsche was incarcerated. On sale for 18 years to 1966 there were 76,000 models sold, the 356 had some relative success in motorsport. Powered by an air-cooled pushrod overhead valve flat four boxer engine, many components were uprated over the Beetle more than doubling engine power to 59 horses (95 horse power was achieved in the later models). The status, recognition and acclaim derived from excelling in motorsports was appreciated by the owners, resulting in the purpose built 550 model during the 1950s. Shifting to a mid-engine layout mounted in front of the rear axle to more evenly distribute weight resulted in improved handling. Engine upgrades saw the 1.5 litre displacement produce 108 horse power, combined with a curb weight circa 550 kilograms. When paired with a skilled driver, the 550 was always competitive and enjoyed much success. It was in his Porsche 550 Spider that American actor James Dean met his untimely demise. Work on a larger, comfier and more powerful succession model was completed and production of the notorious 911 began in 1964. The rear mounted air cooled flat six boxer engine produced 130 horse power, while independent suspension aided the ride. The fact that 50 years on the 911 model remained in production and in demand is testament to the biblical success of this automobile platform. Down the years, this car has provided many beautiful body shape variants all true to the original curves keeping it steeped in an iconic history. In 1998 the 911 switched from air to water cooled engines after 34 years.