Porsche 356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé 

  • $2k built in Germany
  • 1950-1951
  • 40 HP 1.1L
  • 99 mph
The engine had lower compression for pump fuel and could still produce 4 additional bhp.
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At the Frankfurt motor show in 1951 a suite of upgrades was announced including Lockheed discs and a 1.3-liter engine.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche 356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé


356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé
13.9 s

Top speed

356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé
99 mph
911 Turbo S S
195 mph

1/4 mile

356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé
19.2 s
911 Turbo S S
11.5 s

Data points Key details of the Porsche 356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé


356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé


356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé
40 HP
911 Turbo S S
530 HP

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Porsche 356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupé

The engine was the same VW 1086cc that employed a Porsche cylinder head, the same design that was used on the last few Gmünd cars.
Using license fees from VW, accrued rent from their war-time occupied buildings and upfront dealer money, Porsche were able to move production from Austria back to their hometown of Stuttgart and produce the first German 356, a ‘Split-Window’ Coupé.1 Finished in the spring of 1950, the first Coupé marked the 50th anniversary of Porsche transport which began with the Lohner-Porsche of 1900.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Porsche
Price $2,000
Type of car Production car
Year 1950-1951


Chief designer Erwin Komenda


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

road tests

Top speed 99 mph
1/4 mile 19.2 s
0-60mph 13.9 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 43.75 lb/hp
Maximum hp 40 HP @ 4,200 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,086 cc
Cylinders Flat 4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 7:1
Bore/stroke Unknown / 2.5 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,750 lb
Length 155.5 in
Front track width 50.8 in
Wheelbase 82.7 in
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