Porsche 356 'Gmünd' Coupé (1949 model)
One of the cars from the exceptional Porsche 356 collection was the Porsche 356 'Gmünd' Coupé. This car was the first of 15 Gmünd Coupés to be sold to Sweden, delivered to Scania Vabis Södertalje. This transaction represented the first significant export sale for Porsche. On 15 June 1950, the famous Swedish rally driver Cecilia Koskull drove this Porsche to win the Midnattssolsrallyt, the first international victory for Porsche. The car is currently the property of a private Belgian collector. Maximum speed: 140 km/hour.
Porsche 356 SL (1951 model)
Between 1948 and 1950, Porsche built 44 type 356/2 coupés in Gmünd, Austria. The aluminium body, outstanding aerodynamic efficiency and torsion rigidity made these light metal coupés perfect for racing. These were the first German sports cars to bear the initials 'SL', short for 'Super Light' and derived from the Italian 'Super Leggera'.
Equipped with a large, 78-litre fuel tank, hubcaps and special transmission ratio, Porsche started in the 24-hour Le Mans race for the first time in 1951. The 356 SL promptly won in the 1100 cc class and repeated this success in 1952. In September 1951 at the Montlhéry circuit near Paris, a 356 SL with a 1500 cc engine achieved a world-record-breaking drive of nearly 11,000 kilometres in 72 hours. Internationally, the 356 SL proved to be competitive right up until 1955. The car is owned by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Max. Speed 160 km/hour.