Porsche No1 displayed at Pebble Beach Concours d`Elegance

Posted on Monday, 11 August 2008 , 09:08:00 byEmil

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Porsche No1 displayed at Pebble Beach Concours d`Elegance

Porsche will reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the amazing Porsche No. 1, the first 2-seat sport units ever made by Porsche. So this legendary sports auto and the lynchpin of the design philosophy of Porsche began life June 1947 as a Type 356 engineering project in the design office of Porsche in Austria, Gmünd. Officially called Type 356-001, the design concept of Ferry Porsche took shape via the Karl Rabe's leadership, talented chief designer at Porsche who worked close to Ferry’s father in developing the original Volkswagen.

It's powered by a VW 1.31-liter air-cooled, flat-four engine delivering only 25 horsepower - 3,300 rpm. The team at Porsche enlarged that bore from 70 - 75 mm, raised compression from 5.8:1 - 7.0:1, adding slightly bigger inlet valves, ports, twin carburetors, boosting the output between 35 - 40 horsepower.

On July 4, 1948 journalists tested the auto and Robert Braunscheweig, the editor of Switzerland’s greatly respected Automobil Revue, said, “This is how we imagine modern road motoring to be, where the advantages of modern springing and the resultant driving comfort are combined with the adhesion of an equally modern, low and handy sports car.” On July 11, having Herbert Kaes behind the wheel, Porsche No. 1 has won its class on the Rund um den Hofgarten the local race in Austria - Innsbruck. The competition and testing proved to be powerful underpinnings for the commercial and the motorsports success of the the company.