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Porsche 356 Production & Chassis Numbers (1950 – 1965)

The evolution of the 356 was constant throughout its production history. Changes were introduced in the middle of a model year, necessitating inspection of the manufacturing year as well as the sales model year to really understand the total production numbers. This analysis therefore is directionally correct, but I would take it with a grain of salt that it took a lot of manual work and isn’t perfect. 

The 15 year production period ranged from Early 1950 until September 1965. The Coupe and the Cabriolet were build during the from the beginning to the end, the Speedster was apart of the product line from September 1954 until August 1958, it was replaced by the Convertible D from August 1958 until September 1559, which was then substituted by the Roadster until September 1961, from Spring 1961 the hardtop Coupe was available until Fall 1961.

The were four broad “generations” of 356:

  • Porsche 356 (later renamed 356 Pre-A). 1950 until October 1955, as Coupe and Cabriolet and from 1954 until August 1958 as Speedster, with the following engine options: 1100, 1300, 1500 and 1500 S.
  • Porsche 356 A. 1955 October until 1957 Type T1, from 1957 Type T2 1959 October, as Coupe and Cabriolet and from 1955 until August 1958 as Speedster which replaced by the Cabriolet D until 1959 September, with the following engine options: 1600, 1600 S, 1600 GS Carrera “de Luxe” and 1500 GS Carrera “Gran Turismo”
  • Porsche 356 B. The 356 B T5s ran from 1959 September until 1961 September, as Coupe, Cabriolet and Roadster and from Spring 1961 also as Hardtop Coupe, with the following engine options: 1600, 1600 S, 1600 S 90 and 2000 GS. The 356 B T6s went from 1961 September until 1963 July, as Coupe, Cabriolet, Roadster and Hardtop Coupe, with the following engine option: 1600, 1600 S, 1600 S 90 and 2000 GS.
  • Porsche 365 C. 1963 Juli until 1966 September, as Coupe and Cabriolet, with the following engine option 1600 C, 1600 SC.

The first car to bear the Porsche 356 name was road-certified on June 8, 1948. It was a Porsche 356/1 Roadster produced in Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria. The “Gmünd Roadster” was powered by a 1.1-liter air-cooled flat-four engine from Volkswagen. The engine’s power was increased to 35 hp for the 356. The roadster weighed just 585 kilograms and reached speeds of up to 135 km/h (83 mph). Over 50 Gmünd cars are built and sold primarily in Austria and Germany. By 1950 the factory was relocated to Stuttcart-Zuffenhausen, next to the Reutter coachworks and production begins on the 356.

356’s produced prior to 1955 are also called “pre-A”. Early cars easy to recognize from its two-piece windscreen divided by a center bar. This was replaced by a single-piece windscreen with a center bend as of model year 1952. Beginning in the 1956 model year, the letter A was added to the model line and the car was comprehensively updated, becoming known as the 356 A. For the 1960 model year, the 356 A was replaced by the redesigned 356 B. In 1964, the 356 C replaced the 356 B. The last Porsche 356 C was delivered in May 1966 finishing the 1965 model year run.

Total 356 model production all years came to about 78,000 units.

Porsche 356 Production by Year

Type Production Year Model Year Total by Production Year
356 Pre-A 1950 1950 378
356 Pre-A 1951 1950 221
356 Pre-A 1951 1951 997
356 Pre-A 1952 1951 163
356 Pre-A 1952 1952 635
356 Pre-A 1953 1953 1,997
356 Pre-A 1954 1953 953
356 Pre-A 1954 1954 959
356 Pre-A 1954 1955 393
356 Pre-A 1955 1955 2,450
356 A (T1) 1956 1955 559
356 A (T1) 1956 1956 4,407
356 A (T1) 1957 1957 3,464
356 A (T2) 1956 1957 1,540
356 A (T2) 1958 1958 5,990
356 A (T2) 1959 1959 4,663
356 B (T5) 1959 1960 2,349
356 B (T5) 1960 1961 7,559
356 B (T5) 1961 1962 5,446
356 B (T6) 1961 1962 2,799
356 B (T6) 1962 1963 7,930
356 B (T6) 1963 1964 5,358
356 C (T6) 1963 1964 4,674
356 C (T6) 1964 1965 10,312
356 C (T6) 1965 1965 1,689
356 C (T6) 1966 1965 10
∑ = 77,895

Porsche 356 Production Details

Below is a table of total production numbers for each manufacturing year as well as details for the models. These numbers are derived from chassis serial number ranges. Represented in these figures but not broken out are the engine types: “Normal”, “Super”, “S90”, “Carrera” and “Carrera 2”. This extra info will require difficult investigation into the Kardex data on all cars.

Type Production Year Model Year Body Production
356 Pre-A 1950 1950 Coupe 344
356 Pre-A 1950 1950 Reutter & Cabrio 5
356 Pre-A 1950 1950 Gläser Cabrio 29
356 Pre-A 1951 1950 Coupe 190
356 Pre-A 1951 1950 Reutter & Cabrio 7
356 Pre-A 1951 1950 Gläser Cabrio 24
356 Pre-A 1951 1951 Coupe 750
356 Pre-A 1951 1951 Reutter & Cabrio 165
356 Pre-A 1951 1951 Gläser Cabrio 82
356 Pre-A 1952 1951 Coupe 60
356 Pre-A 1952 1951 Reutter & Cabrio 66
356 Pre-A 1952 1951 Gläser Cabrio 37
356 Pre-A 1952 1952 Coupe 418
356 Pre-A 1952 1952 Reutter & Cabrio 130
356 Pre-A 1952 1952 Gläser Cabrio 87
356 Pre-A 1953 1953 Coupe 1,537
356 Pre-A 1953 1953 Reutter & Cabrio 460
356 Pre-A 1954 1953 Coupe 798
356 Pre-A 1954 1953 Reutter & Cabrio 155
356 Pre-A 1954 1954 Coupe 815
356 Pre-A 1954 1954 Reutter & Cabrio 144
356 Pre-A 1954 1955 Coupe 164
356 Pre-A 1954 1955 Reutter & Cabrio 29
356 Pre-A 1954 1955 Speedster 200
356 Pre-A 1955 1955 Coupe 1,215
356 Pre-A 1955 1955 Reutter & Cabrio 201
356 Pre-A 1955 1955 Speedster 1,034
356 A (T1) 1956 1955 Coupe 390
356 A (T1) 1956 1955 Reutter & Cabrio 69
356 A (T1) 1956 1955 Speedster 100
356 A (T1) 1956 1956 Coupe 2,921
356 A (T1) 1956 1956 Gläser Cabrio 430
356 A (T1) 1956 1956 Speedster 1,056
356 A (T1) 1957 1957 Coupe 2,480
356 A (T1) 1957 1957 Reutter & Cabrio 393
356 A (T1) 1957 1957 Speedster 591
356 A (T2) 1956 1957 Coupe 812
356 A (T2) 1956 1957 Reutter & Cabrio 149
356 A (T2) 1956 1957 Speedster 579
356 A (T2) 1958 1958 Coupe 3,670
356 A (T2) 1958 1958 Reutter & Cabrio 1,382
356 A (T2) 1958 1958 Speedster 552
356 A (T2) 1958 1958 Convertible "D" 386
356 A (T2) 1959 1959 Coupe 2,743
356 A (T2) 1959 1959 Reutter & Cabrio 944
356 A (T2) 1959 1959 Speedster 32
356 A (T2) 1959 1959 Convertible "D" 944
356 B (T5) 1959 1960 Coupe 1,320
356 B (T5) 1959 1960 Reutter & Cabrio 468
356 B (T5) 1959 1960 Roadster 561
356 B (T5) 1960 1961 Coupe 4,413
356 B (T5) 1960 1961 Reutter & Cabrio 1,617
356 B (T5) 1960 1961 Roadster 1,529
356 B (T5) 1961 1962 Coupe 2,826
356 B (T5) 1961 1962 Reutter & Cabrio 1,009
356 B (T5) 1961 1962 Roadster 563
356 B (T5) 1961 1962 Hardtop 1,048
356 B (T6) 1961 1962 Coupe 1,350
356 B (T6) 1961 1962 Reutter & Cabrio 600
356 B (T6) 1961 1962 Roadster 249
356 B (T6) 1961 1962 Hardtop 600
356 B (T6) 1962 1963 Coupe 4,092
356 B (T6) 1962 1963 Reutter & Cabrio 1,568
356 B (T6) 1962 1963 Hardtop 99
356 B (T6) 1962 1963 Kharmann & Coupe 2,171
356 B (T6) 1963 1964 Coupe 2,197
356 B (T6) 1963 1964 Reutter & Cabrio 932
356 B (T6) 1963 1964 Kharmann & Coupe 2,229
356 C (T6) 1963 1964 Coupe 2,104
356 C (T6) 1963 1964 Reutter & Cabrio 832
356 C (T6) 1963 1964 Kharmann & Coupe 1,738
356 C (T6) 1964 1965 Coupe 3,823
356 C (T6) 1964 1965 Kharmann & Coupe 1,745
356 C (T6) 1964 1965 Kharmann & Coupe 4,744
356 C (T6) 1965 1965 Coupe 3
356 C (T6) 1965 1965 Reutter & Cabrio 588
356 C (T6) 1965 1965 Kharmann & Coupe 1,098
356 C (T6) 1966 1965 Reutter & Cabrio 10
Type Production Year Model Year Body

 

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