Porsche Vision 357 celebrates the brand’s 75th birthday


Although the Type 64 is often considered the very first automobile from a company that would later be known as Porsche, the 356 was the one that actually went into series production. During its 17-year (1948-1965) production run, the car was available in coupe, convertible and speedster bodystyles, and the company sold more than 76,000 units for those who are curious to know.

Indeed, it was a tremendously successful product for that era. And so, the folks at Style Porsche have created the Porsche Vision 357 as a 75th-year birthday present to the company itself. They’ve draped a homage body over the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS chassis. Meaning, the Vision 357 is not electric—which depending on your personal opinions, might be good or a bad thing. But the point of the Vision 357 is not electric/ICE debate but the Style Porsche team showcasing their design skills. If the 356 was made today, this is how it would’ve looked. Those quick-release catches on the bonnet are a modern take on the leather straps that were used in the past. Camera-mirrors replace the traditional ones, of course, and if you continue to look on the side profile, there’s no traditional door handle; they’re concealed by the side windows. The wheel design too is an impressive modern take on the 356’s wheels.

Also, for some strange reason, the headlights and taillights are hidden under perforations. Other key highlights include rocker panels on the side made of natural fibre-reinforced plastic (NFRP), and the tailpipe trim made of titanium with the inner part made of ceramic. The NFRP is a plant-based material that was used in the Porsche Mission R concept.

The 368 kW (500 metric hp) 4.0L naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine can accept eFuel, as demonstrated at the GP Ice Race a year ago.

In the featured photo (L-R): Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche as well as brand ambassadors Aksel Lund Svindal and Timo Bernhard.

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