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What the heck, a Porsche 256?

Somebody I met recently told me he had the chance to buy an old Porsche 256. Not really knowing anything about most things, I asked if those were made before the 356's to wit he said "well ya, a few years before."

Ok, so, does anybody know the dates for the Porsche cars prodcution. I was thinking it went like this - all off the top of my empty head:
1951-63: 356
1956-?: spyder
1964-today:911
19??-??:944
19??-??:924
19??-??:928
19??-??:964
1998-today: Boxter
2004-today" Chyenne

Plenty of ?? and I know I missed something. Any help
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:38 AM
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No such thing, I'm sure he meant 356. The 356 ran from 1948 (pre a) to 1965.
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I knew the guy was full of ***** but I didn't want to call BS on him. We were with a bunch of folks and he was taking the floor feeling too good. Sometimes you gotta let a man win even when he shouldn't.
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Do this search

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22Porsche+256%22&btnG=Search

A lot of reference to "256 1300 super " and 356/2 ???
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Do this search

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22Porsche+256%22&btnG=Search

A lot of reference to "256 1300 super " and 356/2 ???
"Typo's", errors. All of them. Remember web-links feed on themselves, once an error is made it proliferates. You can do a search for "Porsche" (or any marque) and any 3 digit number and get a multitude of "hits", that doesn't mean there was actually a car with that designation.

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this should help you out a little:


1948 to 1965 - 356 (Pre A, A, B and C depending on year)
1965 to 1977 - 911 in T,E,S,L,RS and Carrara Froms depending on year.
1965 to 1969 - 912
1978 to 1983 - 911 SC
1984 to 1989 - 3.2 Carrara (87 to 89 had the G50 Trans)
1989 to 1994 - C2/C4 964. (only the C4 was available in 89)
1995 to 1998 - 993 (1996 to 98 had varioram)
1976 only - 912E
1970 to 1975 - 914
1977 to ? - 924
1977 to 1995 - 928 (I think not a water pumper fan)
1983 to 1990 - 944 (I think)
1992 to 1994 - 968 (I think)
1977 to 1989 - 930 Turbo
1990 to 1994 - 965 911 Turbo (93 and 94 had a 3.6 turbo)
1993 to 1994 - RS America
1999 to 2004 - 996
2005 - 997
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There probably was a Porsche project 256, but it wasn't a car.
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Off the top of my head here's the cars that I know of and their numerical designations. I know I missed a few 700 series f1 and f2 cars etc.

356 1948-1965
901 pre 65 911 prototype
902 pre 65 912 prototype
904 race car 4,6 and 8 cylinder
906 race car 6 cylinder
907 race car
908 race car 8 cylinder
910 race car (I think with the 8cylinder unit)
911 the one we all know and love
912 4 cylinder 911 variant
914 mid engine vw-porsche joint venture
916 914 variant with 2.4S motor prototype only
917 Race car 12 cylinders
924 production car (watercooled 2.0L front engined)
928 production car (watercooled 4.5+L front engined)
930 turbo based on 911
931 turbo based on 924
934 Racer based on 911 (turbo)
935 Racer based on 911 (turbo
936 racer (don't know much about it)
944 production car (watercooled 2.5+ front engined)
951 turbo based on 944
956 Race car
962 race car
964 production car based on 911
965 production car based on 964
968 production 3.0L based on 944/928
986 production car (boxster)
993 production car based on 911
996 production car based on 911, watercooled
997 production car based on 911, watercooled

edit: looks like someone beat me to the punch.
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Was there not one 918 (914 8cyl.) made?
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Was there not one 918 (914 8cyl.) made?
Only two were pieced together as gifts. I don't believe there was an official designation for this one off project.
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Maybe it was the tractor he was talkig about?
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Well, the 356 WAS the 356th design that Porsche Engineering worked on. So 256 Must be SOMETHING, shouldn't it? Maybe a hairdryer or something ;-)
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256, 356, what ever it takes...
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Good point, I'm sure there was a Project 256, just not a car.
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Tim Walsh: Off the top of your head? What the heck is at the bottom? I can't remember what day it is and you have the Porsche development timeline down. Very impressive!
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Tim Walsh: Off the top of your head? What the heck is at the bottom? I can't remember what day it is and you have the Porsche development timeline down. Very impressive!
LOL, I was thinking the same. He must have a Porschegraphic memory.

If there is a 256th project it could well be completely unrelated to cars. I believe Porsche was an engineering firm for hire in the beginning. (and still is to a degree)
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What is the relationship of Porsche to Audi and Volkswagon?
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Type 205 was a 180 ton tank and I think 250 was some type of cannon or a gun on rails. Can anyone get closer than that?
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The relationship was mainly distributorship of Porsche cars for the USA market by VW/Audi for Porsche. Porsche also services some development work for VW and Audi as well as any other car company in the world via the PEG (second half of the Porsche AG which contracts engineering services to anyone with the cash). There is also the joint ventures (914, 924 originally was to be a VW sportscar design that PAG owns when VW decided not to come out with it, and the current Cayenne/VW Suv). However, with the exception of Ferdinand Piech (grandson of Ferry Porsche and nephew of Ferry Porsche II) having been the ex-CEO of VW/Audi, there were no mixing of personel and officers of both separate and distinct companies.
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There is also the joint ventures (914, 924 originally was to be a VW sportscar design that PAG owns when VW decided not to come out with it, and the current Cayenne/VW Suv).
I was under the impression that the 914 was a VW in Europe. Also, wasn't there a limited sharing of parts between brands? The Audi derived engine in the original 924......
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