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Old 02-05-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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1949 Porsche

A friend of mine gave me this picture for Christmas. She was involved in the sports car scene in the Monterey California area in the 50's and 60's. It is of the 5th prototype Porsche built by hand in Austria by Dr Porsche, 1100cc engine.
Is it the great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather of my Boxster, or is it the great, great, great, great, great grandfather?

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Old 02-10-2016, 12:39 PM   #2
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This is a cool pic! Just to drop a bit of knowledge on this group of newbies, and I say that with love and affection, but just know most people are completely unaware of Porsche history.

This car while a Porsche, was actually called a Gmund, because this is where Dr. Porsche built his first cars in Austria!! So technically the first Porsche was built in 1948 as a Gmund and only about 50 or so were ever made. This car in the picture if it is actually prototype #5 would actually be the first production car of 1949 according to the article below~

Found a cool article if you would like to know more about these early cars, they are quite fascinating!
Rare 1949 Porsche Gmund 356 For Sale

Who knows what Dr. Porsche did before he started his own car company? Anyone know what Porsche #1 was?

Another FYI, this car was called the "type 356" hence the later cars are Porsche 356's!

And for the final bit who doesn't like money, right? Who wants to take a stab at how much they think the car in the picture is valued at today?
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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Didn't he first build a mid-engine two seater, before compromising the design for the commercial benefits of a 4 seater sports car?

Wasn't the 1948 356/1 the first car that he put his name to?

If that's the case, then the later 500 and then the boxster are the cars most loyal to his original concept of his ultimate sprts car, prior to the concessions to production costs and marketability.

Looks a little familiar right?

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