1951 Porsche 356SL Wall Art by Alfred Newbury
What makes Porsche drivers and collectors drool over a Porsche like this?
Let's find out.
During WWII, Porsche moved its factories from Stuttgart, which had been heavily bombed, to Gmünd, Austria.
Ferry Porsche designed project 356 (the number came from the design series that began when Porsche opened his independent design studio in Stuttgart in 1931) and the Gmünd coupes were hand-hammered out of sheet aluminum over wooden bucks under the watchful eye of his father, Ferdinand.
In 1949, about fifty 356 Gmünd coupes were made. After the factory returned to Germany in 1950, eleven remaining Gmünd chassis were assembled and converted to SL (Sport Leicht) racing specification.
They received 1,086-cc engines, expanded fuel tanks, louvered quarter-window covers, tire spats, sleek aluminum belly fairings, and a pedestal-mounted shifter after being renumbered as 356/2 3000 series vehicles.
In 1951, three Type 356/2 cars competed at Le Mans; two crashed, and the other ran flawlessly and won the 1,100-cc class. The winning car, competed in the 2,932-mile Liège-Rome-Liège Rally in 1951. It finished third overall and first in its class, thanks to an experimental 1,488-cc engine.
Following that, it set eleven world speed and endurance records on the Montlhéry circuit near Paris, averaging 94.66 mph for 72 hours – an incredible feat considering gearbox problems left it in third gear late in the race.
This car was then hurried into Paris, bug- and oil-streaked, for display at the International Auto Show. Try doing that today :-)
Many SLs exported to the United States in late 1951, where they were sold to private owners and extensively raced.
If you find yourself fortunate enough to be able to own a 1951 Porsche 356 of any kind, you can expect to lay out treasure that would make even the biggest Porsche fanatic light headed.
Instead of buying it for well over a Million Dollars, you can for a limited time color this beautifully
illustrated print for next to nothing by comparison.
Offered at only 84.95 this museum grade velvet fine art print measures 13x19, has a thickness of 19 mil and has a g/m weight of 260!
This exceptional print is ideal for framing and comes numbered and hand signed by Alfred Newbury.
Now you can bring this beautiful Gmund 1951 Porsche 356SL home, and give yourself the thrill and triumph you know this masterpiece will give you every time you look at it.
1951 Porsche 356SL Gmund art print | Alfred Newbury
Printed on Museum Grade Velvet Fine Art Paper.
Size: 13" x 19"
Signed by Alfred Newbury.