The best tyre for the 356 Porsche is the 165x15 Michelin XAS. Click here to see the options available for your Porsche 356. Fitting anything other than the Michelin XAS would currently be a mistake!
356 Porsche History
The official date of birth for Porsche is believed to be June 8th 1948. The first car being a 356/2, 1.1 litre car producing a respectable 40bhp and weighing in at around 650kg. The first 50 of the hand built cars that were produced resembled the classic 356 Porsche that would be later produced, and if any of those first 50 356/2 Porsche were to be found they would be almost priceless.
Porsche 356 Racing cars
In late 1949 the Rutter company in Germany were given an assignment to build the first 500 of what would become the classic 356 Porsche that we all know and love. The car was built with a 1.1 litre engine producing 40bhp and because the 356 had such good aerodynamics it was capable of reaching an impressive 140kph. Mr Ferry Porsche at the time of production thought it impossible that the company would sell any more than 500 of the 356 Porsche. This was to be a welcome misjudgement. On the 15th march 1954 car no 5,000 left the factory.
Porsche 356 Abarth
It was not until 1953 that the famous Porsche badge was seen. By 1965 the last of the beautiful 356 Porsches left the factory after a successful 17 years in production. In total around 81,000 356 Porsches were built with some 1,194 of those cars in various carrera versions.
Classic 911 Porsche tyres
The Porsche 911 origianally fitted a 185/70x15. Click here to see the options available for your Porsche 911. At the moment the Michelin XWX is by far the best option.
For motorsport cars the Michelin Collection range of TB tyres are exceptional. Click here to see the 15 inch Michelin TB tyre options available for your Porsche.
Porsche 911 with Michelin TB15 Tyres
When the first Porsche 911 came on to the market sporting a 2-litre 130bhp engine, they were up against some extremely good sports cars. Aston Martin DB6, E-type Jaguar and Ferrari 275 GTB were just a few of these cars. The first Porsche 911 it has to be said was up against it, and was definitely not a car for the mainstream. The 911 driver of the time wanted fast thrills with no frills!
The earliest 911s were built from 1965 to 1969 and were short wheel base models most of which are now seen thrashing around in all their glory at historic race and rally events. These particular cars tend to be the most desirable amongst the for mentioned group of petrol heads. The next of the Porsche 911s were built between 1970 and 1973 with engines ranging from 2.2 - 2.4 litres. These cars were followed shortly by the arrival of the impact bumper model in 1974, with the top model sporting a 3.2 engine and given a Carerra badge.
Another of the Porsche range was the 2.7 R.S, which was brought out between 1972 & 1973. The Porsche 911 2.7 R.S (R.S standing for Rennsport meaning motorsport/circuit racing in German) sported wide arches and wheels, lighter body work, stiffer suspension and of course a powerful 2.7 engine. This car would prove to be the start of the R.S series and what was to be, a successful racing pedigree.
Porsche 911 with Michelin TB15 Tyres
Shortly after the Porsche 911 R.S.R 3-litre and Carrera R.S.R Turbo were produced, though only in small numbers, making them eligible for racing. Porsche had almost immediate success with one of their Carrera R.S.R Turbos finishing 2nd at the Le Mans 24hour race in 1974. The engine used in the Carrera R.S.R Turbo would go on to form the basis from which Porsche would make many assaults on the world of motor sport racing and not only that but also the start of Porsche fitting turbos to their cars.
Porsche 911 RSR with Michelin TB15 Tyres
In 1974 Porsche decided to up the engine capacity from 2.7 litres to 3.0 litres for the R.S using a k-jetronic Bosch fuel injection system giving the Porsche 911 3 litre R.S almost twice as much power as the 2.7 R.S. With this extra power came more racing capability........
Porsche 911 Rally car
Classic 914 Porsche Tyres
The early 914 Porsche fitted a 155x15 while the majority of later 914-4 and 914-6 cars fitted a
A small number of 914-6 cars fitted a
For Porsche 914 motorsport cars the Michelin Collection range of TB tyres are exceptional. Click here to see the 15 inch Michelin TB tyre options available for your Porsche 914 or 914-6.
Porsche 914-6 with Michelin TB15 Tyres
914 Porsche History
By the late 1960's, both Volkswagen and Porsche were in need of new models, Porsche was looking for a replacement for their entry-level 912, and Volkswagen wanted a new range-topping sports coupe to replace the Karmann Ghia. At the time, the majority of Volkswagen's developmental work was handled by Porsche, part of a setup that dated back to Porsche's founding. Volkswagen needed to contract out one last project to Porsche to fulfill the contract, and decided to make this that project. Ferdinand Piëch, who was in charge of research and development at Porsche, was put in charge of the 914 project.
Originally intending to sell the vehicle with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America.
It appeared to be a perfect win-win situation.
On March 1, 1968, the first 914 prototype was presented. However, development became complicated after the death of Volkswagen's chairman, Heinz Nordhoff, on April 12, 1968. His successor, Kurt Lotz, was not connected with the Porsche dynasty and the verbal agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche fell apart.
In Lotz's opinion, Volkswagen had all rights to the model, and no incentive to share it with Porsche if they would not share in tooling expenses. With this decision, the price and marketing concept for the 914 had failed before production had even begun. As a result, the price of the chassis went up considerably, and the 914/6 ended up costing only a bit less than the 911T, Porsche's next lowest price car. This had a serious effect on sales, and the 914/6 sold quite poorly. In contrast, the much less expensive 914-4 became Porsche's top seller during its model run, outselling the 911 by a wide margin, with over 118,000 units sold worldwide.
Classic 924 Porsche tyres
The 924 Porsche was equipped with 185/70x15 tyres as standard. Click here to see the options available for your 924 Porsche.
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Classic 944 Porsche tyres
The 944 Porsche was equipped with 185/70x15 tyres as standard. Click here to see the options available for your 944 Porsche.