Design Engineering

Porsche’s front engine sports sedan a rare hatchback


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The first Porsche 356 sports car emerged in 1948 from a converted sawmill in tiny Gmund, Austria, where Porsche relocated from Stuttgart during the Second World War. Since Ferdinand Porsche (the first) was the “father of the Volkswagen,” the Porsche’s rear-mounted, horizontally-opposed, air-cooled four cylinder engine and four wheel independent torsion bar suspension were Volkswagen based.


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