70 years of Porsche

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Porsche, with a rich history in style and engineering, has diversified its portfolio over the past 70 years. Here are some Porsche models that stick out — for performance, design or for being a breakout model for the company. — Jack Walsworth

356: The first 356 was completed on June 8, 1948, at temporary facilities in Gmund, Austria. Designed by Ferry Porsche, the 356 shared underpinnings with the Volkswagen Beetle and even debuted in the U.S. with the same 67-cubic-inch engine. The Porsche was more refined, thanks to the use of aluminum alloy throughout the car. A cabriolet followed in 1949. Porsche began sending 356s to the U.S. in early 1951, kick-starting the German automaker’s reputation in American car culture. The 356 was built through September 1965.