Amazing line-up in Stuttgart celebrates the 911 at 50

| 28 Aug 2013

With the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 being celebrated at events all over the world this year, it is no surprise that the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart has put on a wonderful display of its own.

Running until 29 September, the astonishing 40-car tribute includes a host of rarely (and some never) seen in public examples and specials and ranges from prototypes to Le Mans racers.

A stunning racing 1967 911 R, one of only 19 built, contrasts with an elegant 1970 S 2.2 targa, one of the first fitted with the rigid rear window.

Other attractions include a 959 (main image), a one-off four-wheel-drive 1981 911 turbo Cabriolet prototype (see more pictures at bottom) and a 1995 993 Carrera 3.6 Speedster, one of only two built, this one a gift to Ferdinand 'Butzi' Porsche in his 60th anniversary.

Curiosities include an armoured 1996 996 Carrera 3.4 (chassis #WPOZZZ99ZWS600137, above) using steel and 'Dyneema' a high-energy receptive fibre.

For those wanting celebrity cars, there is also an ex-Julio Iglesias 1997 993 Carrera Cabriolet (#WPOCA2992VS340687).

As you would expect, there is a wealth of supporting information such as Ferry Porsche quotes, advertising material, plus anecdotes and documents from the museum archives. So much so that you can come away with such invaluable trivia as knowing that the nicknames for the 901 prototypes were Petrel, Bat, Blue, Tit, Brimstone, Butterfly, Quick Blue and Barbarossa.

Owners and enthusiasts who turn up to the museum in a 911 variant are given free access to the exhibition.

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More photos:

The practical Porsche, a 1977 911 2.7 Coupé

The 1992 911 turbo S 3.3 Leichtbau is a lightweight evolution of the 964, with 180kg fewer than the production model

1996 Carrera RS 3.8 Clubsport

1981 911 4x4 turbo Cabriolet