The 356 is the Porsche that started a legend

  • This is a Porsche 356B, derived from Porsche’s first-ever production car
  • Porsche only built fewer than 50 units of this particular version
  • This one has actually competed in some races

Published on Jul 11, 2024 at 5:09 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jul 12, 2024 at 7:45 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The 911 is the most popular and recognizable Porsche in the world, and there’s no question about it.

But the Porsche 356 – the one you see here – is arguably even more important than the 911 because it was the first production car ever made by the brand.

And this one, available from SBX Cars, is even more special because they only made fewer than 50.

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Like so many other sports cars from the era, the 356 was born to be a racer.

Porsche wanted to compete in the races, but they also wanted to build a road car – the 356.

The Porsche 356 is also the first Carrera car

Porsche built a Carrera variant for most of its sports cars, including every 911 model, the 924, the 904, and – of course – the Carrera GT.

The 356 also had Carrera variants, which is what this is.

Carrera, which means race in Spanish—and also career, if you’re interested—is a brand that Porsche uses to commemorate its success in the Carrera Panamericana race.

This is a border-to-border race in Mexico that only took place for five years in the 1950s, but it’s still considered one of the most iconic motorsport events in history.

A real race car

Porsche only built around 50 356B 1600GS Carrera GT models.

This is one of them, and unlike most of them, it has actually taken part in some actual races.

In fact, the owner has pictures taken during some hillclimb events it took part in.

Still, we should point out that even though it’s a race car, it’s fully road legal, and has only done 68 miles.

It is available from SBX Cars until July 18.


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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.