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History of Porsche


The history of Porsche road cars is undoubtedly dominated by the history of the Porsche 911, and its predecessor the 356. The flat-4 and then flat-6 engines, the rear engine position (behind the rear axle) and, until the late 1990s, air-cooling, are all Porsche trade-marks. Porsche tried front-mounted, water-cooled engines and rear wheel drive with the 924/ 944/ 968 between 1975 and 1994, and with the V8 Porsche 928, 1977-1994, but the 911-line is held to represent the classic Porsche.


June 8th 1948: First Porsche car had a 1086cc  Volkswagen engine
1949:  Production begins in Stuttgart, Germany; the car is called the 356 because it is the 356th project off the Porsche design studio.
1950s: Porsche builds the 1.5L flat-12 supercharged Cisitalia racing car with driver-controlled four wheel drive.
1951: The factory enters a light-weight 356 in the Le Mans 24 hours race. First two right hand drive Porsche 356s built and imported into Australia by Norman Hamilton.
1963-1964: The Porsche 911 is introduced in the Geneva Auto Show and production begins.
1973-1974: The Porsche 911 turbo is introduced.
!1975: The Porsche 914 is introduced, which later became the 968 and the 944.
1984: A 4WD Porsche 911 wins the Paris-Dakar rally.
1996: Porsche Boxster is introduced. It's image is the Porsche for the public, which is backed by a relatively low price.