4) Porsche 356: Year: 1948-1955
Created not long after the end of World War II, the Porsche 356 became Porsche’s first automobile to be mass produced for the general public. While Ferdinand Porsche designed the VW Beetle as a people’s car, his son Ferry Porsche designed the 356 to be a sports car.
Like the Beetle, the 356 had a rear mounted, four cylinder, air-cooled engine and rear wheel drive. Designer Ferry Porsche was a sports car enthusiast. His philosophy was to make an overpowered, small and light car which could handle well. The result was a beautiful design and a very agile car.
Initially the car remained less known, but after winning prominent races of the time it gained prominence. Owners loved their 356’s for the handling and superlative Porsche build quality. The 365 became so successful that Porsche continued to produce it for the next 18 years. The car was offered in multiple variants including convertible and coupe. Eventually more than 76,000 were sold.