Petersen Classics: 1951 Porsche 356 SL Gmund Coupe

One of the earliest sports cars to carry the Porsche name, Gmund coupes, including the SL racing versions, were constructed out of hand-hammered aluminum.

Petersen Classics: 1951 Porsche 356 SL Gmund Coupe

However, the SLs were modified to include louvered-steel quarter panels, wheel spats, streamlined aluminum belly fairings, and a pedestal-mounted shifter. Gmünd coupes competed for three years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where this example won first in class in 1951. Find out more

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The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors and $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under age 4 are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit

1951 Porsche 356 SL Gmünd Coupe