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Expensive versus cheap - Porsche 356 & amp; VW Beetle Cabrio in comparison

Porsche 356 & VW Beetle Cabrio in comparison
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B eyelet tongues claim that it is a Porsche 356 but just a sporty VW Beetle with a streamlined coupé structure. From a superficial point of view, that may be true. After all, both concepts come from the Porsche design office. In fact, the first Porsche series cars that were built in Zuffenhausen from Maundy Thursday 1950 still largely consisted of VW parts. The four-cylinder boxer with a displacement of 1,131 cubic centimeters from Stuttgart only had a different cylinder head and two Solex carburettors.

1960, just ten years later, was appointed by auto motor und sport Heinz-Ulrich Wieselmann states: “The car enthusiast from back then became a sporty car that has become a synonym for performance, safety and driving culture in the world.” Wieselmann awarded the 356 B for the road holding, the gearbox and the brakes even the predicate “special class”.

B-Generation is the Porsche 356 bestseller

In just a decade, the Porsche developers paired an “individual car with” by taking many small steps the needlessness of a VW ”. With 30,963 units, the B generation of the Porsche 356 became the bestseller in the series.

It premiered at the IAA in 1959 and remained in the range until July 1963. Even with the Porsche 356 Super 90, which was new at the time, the Porsche was not characterized by the 90 hp of the four-cylinder sports car: the secret was in the filing of the chassis and running gear, coupled with the high quality of production.

A good Super 90 convertible costs at least € 140,000 today

For a well-kept Porsche 356, collectors now pay a multiple of the purchase price that Porsche customers pay had to shell out in the 1960s: A convertible in Super 90 version cost an impressive 16,950 marks in 1961 - today at least 140,000 euros are due for proper copies.

Especially the open-top Porsche 356, which is a third of the total Production of the series, are today particularly popular as classics. For many fans of the air-cooled four-cylinder boxers, however, they have become too expensive.

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Wide body, narrow Track: there is still plenty of space in the wheel arch of the Porsche 356 for wider wheels - but who wants that? As handy as the 356 can be driven.

More Space in the Beetle

Those who can do without the sporty performance and driving experience of a Porsche 356 will find an attractive alternative in the VW Beetle Cabriolet. In addition, the Beetle interior offers four seats in a small limousine as an advantage over the sports car from Zuffenhausen.

As is the order of the day in Zuffenhausen, the technicians in Wolfsburg also continuously developed their Beetle. In a comparison test against the new challengers Opel Kadett and Ford Taunus 12m from auto motor und sport in 1962, the 'old' Beetle was able to convince: 'The properties are the product of a long development that cannot be repeated.' The basic concept including chassis with independent suspension and torsion bar springs corresponds to the Porsche.

30 HP have to move 800 kg

Thanks to the At a low weight of 800 kilograms, the VW Beetle Cabriolet is also comfortable to drive. Uphill, however, the lack of strength of the little boxer counts.

The open versions of the VW Beetle were not built in Wolfsburg, but mainly at Karmann. A few early versions of the convertible were also made by Hebmüller in Wuppertal up to 1950, but the majority come from Osnabrück. Around 322,000 open Beetles were built up to 1980: a good choice to this day.

The open VW Beetle became a long-runner: Until 1980 A total of 322,000 units of the Beetle Cabriolet were built.

You should pay attention to this with the VW Beetle Cabriolet

As with all As is common in the series, the VW Beetle Cabriolets are much more expensive than the closed sedans. In addition, only a small fraction of all Beetles were built as an open version. You can't get a neat convertible for less than 18,000 euros. The technology is considered very reliable.

This is what you should pay attention to with the Porsche 356 Cabriolet

The vast majority of all Porsche 356 Cabriolets have already been restored at least once, and many have been improved on the engine and chassis. Undoing such modifications can be very expensive. Basically there are hardly any good Porsche 356 Cabriolets for less than 120,000 euros.

An exclusive pleasure even back then: the open Porsche 356 cost an impressive 16,950 marks in 1961.


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