1955 Porsche Continental Cabriolet

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



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