The Porsche 356 is the company’s first production sports car. It was produced in between 1948 and 1965 in five variants. It was lightweight, nimble to drive, with a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive. It was sold as a 2-door coupe, convertible and roadster. The car has evolved over the years, contributing to its success and popularity in motorsport. In total, roughly 76,000  examples were produced.

The last revision of the Porsche 356 was the 356 C version introduced for the 1964 model year. The car had disc brakes all around. It was available with the most powerful engine Porsche had ever produced. The engine was rated at 95 hp (71 kW) and was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. A total of 14 151 examples of the 356 C version were produced. It was replaced by the 911.