1955 Porsche Continental Cabriolet

First Floor - Artistry

Derived from the Porsche 356, the Continental was conceived by influential New York importer Max Hoffman who believed that the American market would be more likely to embrace a vehicle with an evocative name, rather than a mere number designation. Porsche was forced to re-badge the Continental when Ford informed them that they had already trademarked its name. As a result, few Continentals were produced and the name was briefly changed to “European”, then back to 356. (473)

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum, gift of Sanford C. Sigoloff