“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself,” Ferry Porsche
The extraordinary story of the Porsche 356 is also the story of a long transformation. Starting from humble origins, the first Porsche would go on to embody the archetypal sports car. From its small-scale, artisanal beginnings, it later became a worldwide commercial success and a triumph of motorsports. The secret of this success lies in its strong, distinctive personality.
Steve McQueen, James Dean, late conductor Herbert von Karajan, former French President Georges Pompidou and even the Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis—one of the most internationally renowned personalities of the 1950s and 1960s—all owned this legendary model.
The Porsche 356 was born out of Ferry Porsche’s ambition to offer a vehicle that combined practicality, elegance, and a compact size. Designed in the fall of 1954 at the request of Max Hoffman, who imported the Porsche brand to the United States, the car was made to appeal to gentleman drivers of the time with a preference for Corvettes or Thunderbirds. With its windshield lowered by 9 cm, the 356 offered rapid acceleration, unbeatable braking power and excellent road holding.
The Porsche 356 Speedster is the embodiment of German prowess in the automobile industry. It was manufactured for only a few short years, with fewer than 5,000 units produced, further adding to the international acclaim that surrounds this model.
Rental terms27 years of age minimum 75 years of age maximum Driver’s license: currently valid and issued for more than 3 years. A license issued in France or elsewhere in the EU must carry more than 8 points and must not have been suspended in the 24 months preceding the rental. A license issued abroad (outside the EU) must be completed by an international license or a certified French language translation of the original version. Mileage limit: 150 km / 93 miles per day In excess of mileage limit: €2.50 per km Smoking and pets are prohibited inside the car Wedding rentals and sub-leasing are unauthorized
Cancellation termsIf the cancellation occurs more than one month before the rental period, Cartis reimburses 100% of the amount. If the cancellation occurs more than 15 days and less than one month before the rental period, Cartis reimburses 50% of the total amount. If the cancellation occurs 15 days or fewer before the rental period, Cartis does not reimburse the amount of the rental, but issues a credit note valid in the three months following the initial date of rental.
Documents requiredA valid driver’s license (see rental terms)
Photo ID (national identity card or passport)
Proof of address for residents of France
Credit or debit card in the driver’s first and last name for the security deposit (AMEX cards not accepted)
InsuranceAll-risk, all-driver insurance
Individual driver coverage
Insurance: You are covered in case of theft, fire, and accidental damage.
Assistance: You are covered by personal and vehicle assistance in case of breakdown or accident, including the provision of a modern replacement vehicle.
Deductible€4,000. A security deposit is requested as pre-approval on the credit or debit card in the first and last names of the driver.
RatesFrom €950 tax-inclusive per day depending on the season
Our digital tourist application
To ensure that you make the most of your Cartis car rental, each vehicle is equipped with an onboard tour-oriented GPS application.
A true digital innovation, it guides you throughout your road trip through the French countryside in a collector car.
A comprehensive tour guide with an audio option, this digital tourist application indicates the approach of each point of interest and tells you the history behind it.
Your Cartis classic car takes you on an exceptional tour mingling the advantages of a cultural excursion with the liberty of the open sky and fascinating landscapes.
Settle in behind the wheel of a vintage car from the golden age of automobiles and let the GPS guide you through a breathtaking tour.
"Wow, the only word for this car is awesome and now my wife is even open to getting one someday!"
"Will come back to France just to drive another car of Cartis. The 356 was so much fun. Had an amazing time. Thank You Sebastien and Benedicte."
"Abbiamo scelto Cartis perché eravamo in cerca di una macchina esclusiva. The Porsche 356 è bellissima non c'è proprio nulla da dire. Altamente raccomandabile!"