Clearly going back this far, sales catalogs for Porsche cars are hard to find. When it comes to the Porsche 356 however, we searched far and wide and were able to get our hands on several sales and other brochures. As always, these are free to download and enjoy.
Porsche 356 B T6 USA Sales Brochure
Models: 356 B T6 USA: 1600, 1600 S, Super 90, Coupé/Cabriolet / Published: 1961 / Language: English
The Porsche is engineered for safety as well as for high performance. The center of gravity is low. Torsion bar suspension keeps wheels on the ground on the tightest curve. Brakes are oversized. Steering and transmission are responsive, acceleration superb. The Porsche driver sits within a stressed steel shell, confident that the car will instantly obey each command of hand or foot. No “annual” model changes force obsolescence of Porsche automobiles. Principles of aerodynamics do not change; neither does the basic shape of the Porsche. Instead, constant mechanical improvements take place within Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s original concept of purely functional design…
“No annual model changes force obsolescence of Porsche automobiles”
“Driving a Porsche, you can, with small effort, believe that the seat of your trousers is part of the automobile.”
“Note leg room – comfortable even for the man who is well over six feet tall.”
“The transmission works as smoothly as a spoon of molasses and you can slam it back and forth from gear to gear just as quickly you can move your hand.”
“The Porsche was designed for 50-50 fore-and-aft weight distribution. At about 60 miles an hour, air pressure bears down on the wind-tunnel-bred frontal area and the balance becomes exact almost to a pound.”
“The brakes are about 50% oversize and air-cooled beyond possibility of fade; and the steering very soft and very quick, is what power steering tries to be and is not.”
“Instrument panel is carefully human-engineered.”
“The available acceleration is astounding… a Porsche driver sits there, clipping through holes in the traffic pattern that just aren’t there for anybody else, and, when he wants to, running away from almost everything he sees.”
“The Porsche body is a rigid, boltless steel shell created by welding together more than 500 parts.”
“… fewer than 50 Porsches are built each day.”
The original 356 (aka pre-A) was manufactured between 1950-1955. This 1950/1 brochure is considered to be the second brochure put out by Porsche (after Gmund brochure). The brochure does not in fact refer to the car as a 356 at this point in its evolution. The car had a 44 hp 4-cyl engine and a top speed of 85 mph
This brochure is dated 1953 and is known as the “Circle of Coupes” which was used in subsequent 356 years as well with different color schemes. Covers 1.1L, 1.3L, 1500 and 1500 Super Models. HP ranges 40-70. Top Speeds 87-105 mph.
Models: 356A / Published: 1956 / Language: English
This 1956 brochure is 26 pages and is the most comprehensive ‘early Porsche brochure. The 356A was made between 1955-1959. Design was rear-engine 4-cyl 4-cycle air-cooled Boxer style engine. HP for this model varied from 44 for the base 1300 to 110 for the 1500 RS Spyder. Top speeds for the range was between 90 and 140 mph
Models: 356B / Published: 1960 / Language: English
The 356B was made between 1959-1963. Design was rear-engine 4-cyl 4-cycle air-cooled Boxer style engine. HP for this model varied from 60 for the base 1600 to 130 for the Carrera 2. The Super 90 had 90 HP and covered 0-60 mph in 13.5 secs with a top speed of 113.5 mph. The Carrera 2 had 140+ HP and covered 0-60 mph in 9.2 secs with a top speed over 120 mph. This 1960 brochure is 8 pages with some great sketches of the car including Cabriolets.
Models: 356C / Published: 1963 / Language: English
The 356C was made between 1963-1965 overlapping one year with the introduction of the 911. Design was rear-engine 4-cyl 4-cycle air-cooled Boxer style engine. HP for this model varied from 75 for the base 1600C to 140 for the 2000GS. Top speeds were 109 mph (1600C), 115 mph (1600SC), and 140 mph (2000GS). This 1963 brochure covers the 1600C and 1600SC.