• Dec 30, 2009
Porsche 356 Prototype - Click above for high-res image gallery

Update: Although the seller bills this car as a Porsche, Porsche historians note that it was never claimed to be a genuine Porsche and is in fact based on a VW chassis. That said...

The Porsche 356 holds a special place amongst the ranks of historic automobiles. As one of the first vehicles to wear the Porsche badge after World War II, this car has direct ties to the model that would forever define the German maker of fine sportscars. That, of course, is the iconic 911.

Collectors, take note: one of two early 356 prototypes is now up for sale, located in New York. We wonder, would that make this a 355? No, probably not. Looking over pictures of the car, it's clear to see the shape that would eventually turn into the classic 356 as well as the expected air-cooled powerplant sitting aft of the cockpit and driving the rear wheels.

Notable features that didn't make it to the production car include the front grille that directs cooling air to the rear-mounted engine and the head lamps that are sunk into the bodywork on either side. No price is listed on this particular sale, but we certainly wouldn't expect it to be sold without a large sum of money changing hands. Check out the high-res images below and click here for the car's description from the seller.



[Source: Hemmings Auto Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Jerry Seinfeld has already bought it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Paging Seinfeld, paging Jerry Seinfeld, your new Porsche is ready for bidding
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whether it's real or not, why does a rear-engine car need that massive, ugly grille?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maintenance access? since there appears to be no hood opening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good call. Looks nothing like a Porsche should..Nissan Figaro, anybody?

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Woah, it's a vintage Daihatsu Copen...

      :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't call it "pretty" but it is very attractive. It's also very COOL and it would be a real head turner to drive. In a word, it's HOT. (wait, didn't I just say it was cool? LOL)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hold on, I'll think of something once my bottom jaw returns from the floor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the Audi's R8 grand father...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car is AMAZING! Wow. I am just..... wow.... so.... wow...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't a 356 Prototype. It's a VW Coachbuillt with 356 ties. The car was featured in one or two of the Porsche magazines a year or so ago. It's based on an early Beetle chassis and is a VW motor with a dual carb kit. Porsche's slotted wheels are direct bolt on replacements for VWs solid wheels, thus giving the car a "must be a 356 prototype look". Porsche's prototypes followed along the lines of the original 356 1. The 2nd, 356 2 looked nearly identical to the first 356s with a few bits of trim that were different.