Ferry Porsche wanted the car of his dreams. The problem was it didn’t exist. So in 1948 he decided to build it himself.
The Porsche 356 (shown above) was the company’s first production automobile. The prototype was hand built by Dr Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche themselves – the entire aluminum body hand beaten over a wooden buck and all the engine and drive train components made without a machine shop. The 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car, its mechanicals (including engine, suspension and chassis) derived from the Volkswagen Beetle which Ferdinand Porsche senior had also designed.