Shortcomings in design and execution had years to be identified, analyzed, massaged and eliminated. The Porsche flat four was close to bulletproof. Rear suspension revisions long since refined and perfected had rendered its handling characteristics nearly flawless. Additionally, these models further represent the pinnacle of the series as four-wheel disc brakes became standard items on the 356, as did ZF transmissions and upgraded high output engines with stronger internal components. Construction had matured until the cars’ fit, finish and function set the standard to which other manufacturers strived.
The production Porsches existed in parallel with their racing counterparts, benefiting from the innovations of racing, but pursuing their own course toward meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of customers. To most Porsche enthusiasts, the C version of the 356 represents not only the last, but the best of the line.