Porsche was started in 1948 in Gmund, Austria. One of their first assignments was from the German government, who was looking for a car "for the people". This project produced the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful car designs of all time.
In 1948, Porsche debuted its first car, the 356, which was a lightweight and nimble two-door coupe, featuring rear-engine, rear-wheel drive and available in hardtop and open configuration. There were only 50 of these cars ever made in Porsche's Austria factory.