Based loosely upon the VW Beetle, which Dr Porsche also designed, the 356 was the first Porsche model, and as such, represented the birth of a legend. The curvaceous little coupes and spyders were a huge success throughout the world, and continued to be so for the rest of the model's life due to Porsche's policy of continuous development. Here is the full and fascinating account of the Porsche 356, and the racing and rallying cars that sprang from it. It is the story of the very beginnings of what, today, is one of the greatest sports car marques and an icon of automotive excellence.
Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage and racing machinery. A trained mechanical engineer and a Porsche 911 owner, Brian has had strong links with the factory for over a decade. Married to Miho and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), he now lives just outside Tokyo. With over 40 books published, including several works on Porsche, Brian is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers in the UK, the SAH in America, and the RJC and JAHFA in Japan.