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Porsche 356 celebrates 70 years in June

Konstantin Sheiko
June 8, 2018

June 8, 1948 is, undoubtedly, one of the most important dates in Porsche history. This is when the first example of the 356 roadster received its street certification, launching not only the initial range of sports cars, but an entire line-up that now encompasses many different models and 70 years of production cars and motorsport history.

The 356 is where it all began for Porsche, and in hindsight, it is truly remarkable that 70 years later, Porsche's current lineup bears a distinct visual resemblance to the cars that rolled out of the Gmund factory. What other current auto brand can say the same? The 356 that debuted in 1948 paved the way for the 911, which was introduced in 1963, as well as the 912, which was so fond of the 356's engine that it kept it for a while, and remains one of the single longest-running nameplates in automotive history.

But the celebrations this month at various sites in the U.S. and the world won't focus on the 356 alone all Porsche models will be welcome at anniversary events. To mark the occasion, Porsche Cars North America and Porsche dealers will host "Sportscar Together Day" at numerous locations across the world. Prominent US events include Alt Park Concours in Ohio, where Porsche will take the spotlight as Honored Marque, and the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.

Los Angeles will have its own event to mark the anniversary at the dedicated Porsche Experience Center. New York, meanwhile, will have a large-scale cars and coffee event at Met-Life Stadium, while Detroit-area Porsche dealers will host a 70th Anniversary event at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. Sportscar Together Day won't be the last Porsche gathering of the year - many more events are on the calendar as the marque rolls through the anniversary year of the 356.

According to the automaker, the Porsche anniversary year culminates on September 27-30, with the largest Porsche gathering in the world, Rennsport Reunion VI, at the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California.

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