Porsche is most renowned for the 911, but it was the 356 that first established the German brand’s reputation.
In a recent video, Jay Leno had the opportunity to drive a stunning 356 SC coupe, which represented a more powerful iteration of the 356 model available at the time. This particular 356 featured an air-cooled 1.6-liter flat-4 engine, delivering approximately 95 hp, a significant improvement over the standard car’s 75 hp.
The 356 started production in 1948, initially in Gmünd, Austria. Only around 50 units were crafted there before Porsche relocated production to its current home in Stuttgart, Germany. Production continued until 1965, making the 1963 model showcased in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage is one of the late examples, with Porsche already launching the 911 in 1963.
Watch the video to learn more about the history of this beautiful 356 and how it remains in wonderful condition throughout the years.