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Important disclaimer: I am not an expert on 356 tools! I have collected information from multiple sources, including my own observations, and try to present it on this site in a coherent manner. There will always be variations and differences from what is presented here. This site should be considered a work in progress, and not a definitive statement on what is correct for 356 tool kits. Use this site at your own risk, and please tell me if you find errors or can contribute to the site.

Travel kits

Porsche offered an accessory travel kit containing items that might be commonly needed in a break-down. Between the original tool kit and optional travel kit, a number of minor problems could be repaired "on the road". Some of the items (i.e., the exhaust valves) would require a few more tools than the average traveler was likely to carry! This kind of part was probably included to assist mechanics that may have access to the tools, but not necessarily parts for the exotic 356...

I have identified at least 3 different bags for a 356 travel kit, but there may be others (i.e., there was one for a 912). The shape, size, and pocket layout appears to be identical, except for the B/C bag which may be a mirror image of the layout of the others. The Carrera kit is possibly the same bag as the others, but the example shown on these pages appears to be a brighter blue.

Variety 1: 356A - smooth red vinyl, light white backing, light brown leather belt
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Variety 2: 356B - blue (same as B tool bag), blue backing
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Variety 3: 356B/C - gray vinyl like 1962 tool kit, white backing, brown(?) leather belt. This kind may also appear in a mirror image (with regards to pockets) of the others.
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The kits generally contained the following items, and would be specific for particular engine types when differences existed (i.e., different carb gaskets for Super 90 or SC, different exhaust valves, pushrod vs. Carrera parts, etc.):

Description Quantity
Exhaust valves 2, as appropriate for the car
Valve spring 1
Valve keeper 1 set
Spark plug connector, Beru 1
Spark plug 4, as appropriate for the car
Plastic yellow/blue Philips box, or gray Osram box containing variety of bulbs and possibly fuses 1
15A fuses multiple boxes/packages
Oil drain plug 1
Points 1 set
Clutch cable 1, as appropriate for the car, held by a separate loop of vinyl (same vinyl as the rest of the bag)
Fuel pump diaphragm 1
Shop towel - "Porsche" linen 1
Sump gasket 2
Oil filter housing gasket 1
Carb top gasket 2
Valve cover gasket 2
Gasket set, part number 616.00.804 or 616.100.184.00 in a cardboard box 1
Valve adjusting screw 1

It should be noted that this is based on my observations and the May 1958 list (see scan below) provided by Porsche. Differences may exist. It is hard enough to determine what is "correct" for original toolkits, and every car came with a tool kit. These travel kits are far more uncommon, and by their very nature have probably had parts used and replaced over the years. Please use the accompanying photos as a guide.

Typ 616/2

Diaphragm, fuel pump


KD 08.38

Point set


ZKT 48/5 Z

Bulbs, 6V/5 Watt


DIN 72 601 L

Bulbs, 6V/15 Watt


din 72 601 F

Bulb, 6V/35/35 Watt


DIN 72 601 B

Fuses, 25/40 Amp



Fuses, 8/15 Amp



Spark plugs


W 240 T 1

Exhaust valve



Valve spring, intake



Valve spring, exhaust



Adjusting screw, carburetor



Gasket, engine



Gasket, valve cover



Oil cover screw



Gasket, oil cover



Gasket, oil filter



Gasket, carburetor cover


K 10 663

Clutch cable



Spark plug connector



Cotter, split



1. November 1956

Click for a scan of the May 1958 contents list:

Other notes:

-I have seen some travel kits with a fan belt. Since this is part of the original tool kit, I suspect it was NOT originally included in the travel kit.

-kits seen today may have had extras added to them by owners in response to personally experienced problems, such as cracked pulleys, ignition troubles, etc.

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