The 356 series was without doubt the model which catapulted the Porsche marque into world-wide contention in the hotly-contested sports car market. It put into practice Dr Porsche’s highly-evolved theories about ensuring traction through rear-mounted engines, as had been put into practice in some of his mighty pre-war racing designs, and subsequently some of the early Cisitalia racing cars.
Another keynote was to keep everything as light as possible, so that all 356 bodywork variations always demonstrated the classic engineering principle of form following function, remaining sharp and purposeful.
Starting life as a conventional 356, this striking competition car underwent a race-spec conversion in 1993, commissioned by Ben Robertaccio Senior and was completed by ‘Porsche Racing Classics’. Presented in Silver with a sky blue undercarriage this number 54 car has competed in classic events for the last 19 years and is very well-known on this field of sport. Competing in around 5 and 7 international events annually including the Kohler International Challenge and the Road America Challenge in 2011.
The car is of the highest racing pedigree and as well as looking the part, is hugely reliable and fast on the circuit, using Mahle pistons and a C Model crank combined with Porsche C Type brakes and Porsche 741 C Model gearbox, the car is also extremely quick and has been a frontrunner in nearly all events it has competed in – HMSA, CSRG and SCCA are just some of the events. This rust-free and eye-catching 356 is a timeless classic and something to be enjoyed for many years to come.