calssic cars : Simply Porsche marks 70th birthday of German supercar brand

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Organisers of Simply Porsche are expecting a bumper turnout at Beaulieu in the New Forest, home of the National Motor Museum, for an event which helps mark the 70th anniversary of the German supercar.

It was back in 1948 that Ferry Porsche produced the first 356, a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive car.

Describing the thinking behind it in an interview with PCA magazine in September 1972 he said: “I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW and others.

“By the end of the war I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car it is nicer to drive and it is more fun.”

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