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Porsche 356 Engine Codes

There are several important numbers to identify a 356 engine. The first, and most obvious one, is the serial number, which uniquely identifies each engine. It is on the “third piece” of the case, or timing cover, below the generator stand (or on the generator stand if you have an early 2-piece engine case).

You will also find an engine type identifier, which was Porsche’s internal code to designate the different specification engines. The type number can be found on the right side of the case, near the center, on the perimeter bolt boss. It is just behind (relative to the car, not you) the fan shroud. So, look at an installed engine, looking beyond the generator stand, at the “bump” in the case casting where the two case halves join.

You may have to clear off a layer of oil and dirt to see it, but you will find a number such as “1600” or 616/1. Click here for a picture (the area to look is circled in blue). There is another number to the left, which is an internal serial number (sometimes referred to as a case casting number) used by Porsche when the engines were manufactured. Although it can be correlated to the engine serial number, data is generally unavailable. Serial numbers on four cam engines are on the left case half, above and to the left of the fan pulley

MODEL SERIES ENGINE CODE MODEL YEAR ENGINE NUMBER TECHNICAL DISPLACEMENT POWER (kW) POWER (hp)
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 369 1950 00101>00411 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 369 1951 00412>00999 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 369 1951 10001>10137 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 506 1951 01001>01099 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 506 1951 20001>20821 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 527 1952 30001>30737 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 44 kW 60 hp
356 CABRIO 356 PRE-A 369 1952 10138>10151 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE 356 PRE-A 508 1952 20822>21297 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 CABRIO 356 PRE-A 527 1952 30738>30750 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 44 kW 60 hp
356 COUPE 356 PRE-A 546 1953 30751>31025 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 CABRIO 356 PRE-A 528 1953 40001>40117 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 51 kW 69 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 369 1953 10152>10161 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 506 1953 21298>21636 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 546 1953 31026>32569 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO 356 PRE-A 528 1953 40118>40685 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIOLET 356 PRE-A 589 1954 50001>50017 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 369 1954 10162>10199 4ZYL/1,1L 1.1L 29 kW 39 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 506 1954 21637>21780 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 589 1954 50018>50019 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 506/1 1954 21781>21999 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 546 1954 32570>33899 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 528 1954 40686>40999 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 51 kW 69 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 506/2 1955 22001>22021 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 589/2 1955 50101>50127 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 546/2 1955 33901>34119 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 528/2 1955 41001>41048 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 51 kW 69 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 506/2 1955 22022>22245 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 589/2 1955 50101>50127 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 546/2 1955 34120>35790 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 40 kW 54 hp
356 COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 PRE-A 528/2 1955 41049>41999 4ZYL/1,5L 1.5L 51 kW 69 hp
356 A CARRERA GS 356 A 547/1 1956 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 73 kW 98 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 547/1 1956 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 506/2 1956 22246>22273 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 589/2 1956 50128>50135 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1956 60001>60608 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1956 80001>80110 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 506/2 1956 22274>22471 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 589/2 1956 50136>50155 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1956 60609>63926 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1956 80111>80756 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 A CARRERA GS 356 A 547/1 1957 P90501/P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 73 kW 98 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 547/1 1957 P90501/P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 506/2 1957 22472>22999 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 32 kW 43 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 589/2 1957 50156>50999 4ZYL/1,3L 1.3L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1957 63927>66999 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1957 80757>81199 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 A CARRERA GS 356 A 547/1 1958 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 73 kW 98 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 547/1 1958 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1958 67001>68216 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1958 81201>81521 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1958 68217>72468 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1958 81522>83145 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 A CARRERA GS 356 A 547/1 1959 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 73 kW 98 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 547/1 1959 P90501>P90959 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 692/0 1959 P91001>P91037 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A CARRERA GT 356 A 692/1 1959 P92001>P92014 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 80 kW 108 hp
356 A CARRERA GS 356 A 692/2 1959 P93001>P93062 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 77 kW 104 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/1 1959 72469>79999 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 A COUPE/CABRIO/SPEEDSTER 356 A 616/2 1959 83146>84770 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B CARRERA GS 356 B 692/2 1959 P93001>P93062 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 77 kW 104 hp
356 B CARRERA GS 356 B 692/2 1959 P93100>P93138 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 77 kW 104 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/1 1960 600101>604700 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/2 1960 084771>088320 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/7 1960 800101>802000 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 66 kW 89 hp
356 B CARRERA GT 356 B 692/3 1960 P95001>P95114 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 85 kW 114 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/1 1961 604701>606799 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/2 1961 088321>089999 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE -KARMANN- 356 B 616/2 1961 085001>085670 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/7 1961 802001>803999 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 66 kW 89 hp
356 B CARRERA GT/ABARTH GLT 356 B 692/3A 1961 P96001>P96050 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 99 kW 133 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/1 1962 606801>608900 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/12 1962 700001>702800 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO/ROADSTER 356 B 616/7 1962 804001>805600 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 66 kW 89 hp
356 B CARRERA GS 356 B 587/1 1962 P97001>P97446 4ZYL/2,0L 2.0L 96 kW 129 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO 356 B 616/1 1963 608901>611200 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 B COUPE -KARMANN- 356 B 616/1 1963 600501>600600 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 44 kW 60 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO 356 B 616/12 1963 702801>707200 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE -KARMANN- 356 B 616/12 1963 700501>701200 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 B COUPE/CABRIO 356 B 616/7 1963 805601>807400 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 66 kW 89 hp
356 B COUPE -KARMANN- 356 B 616/7 1963 800501>801000 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 66 kW 89 hp
356 B CARRERA GS 356 B 587/1 1963 P97001>P97446 4ZYL/2,0L 2.0L 96 kW 129 hp
356 B CARRERA GS/GT 356 B 587/2 1963 P98005>P98032 4ZYL/2,0L 2.0L 118 kW 159 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/15 1964 710001>716804 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 C COUPE -KARMANN- 356 C 616/15 1964 730001>733027 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/16 1964 810001>813562 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 70 kW 94 hp
356 C COUPE -KARMANN- 356 C 616/16 1964 820001>821701 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 70 kW 94 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/15 1965 716805> 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/15 1965 733028> 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 55 kW 74 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/16 1965 813563> 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 70 kW 94 hp
356 C COUPE/CABRIO 356 C 616/16 1965 821702> 4ZYL/1,6L 1.6L 70 kW 94 hp
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