the "original" porsche was the 356 - born 7 july 1948 - it was a VW-BEETLE in a fancy dress - motor , chassis , drivetrain and brakes were lifted from the BEETLE - it got a new dress - and there it was : the PORSCHE 356 !
PORSCHE # 1 - 1,100 cc engine "souped" to deliver 35 hp !
[that was the type of engine still used in our first VW - a 1959 - 1,100 cc model - that we drove for nine years - the bottom fell out in the end - didn't like the salt on the canadian roads .
it was replaced by a 1969 - 1,5oo cc BEETLE - 48 hp !!!
it had four seatbelts (shoulder belts for the front passengers) and a rear-window defroster - ehbeth no longer had to sit sit in the back with an ice scraper during the winter months ]
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