Porsche Museum celebrates 911 evolution

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Regular C&SC contributor Mario Laguna has just returned from a visit to the special 911 exhibition at the Porsche Museum, Zuffenhausen. The new display has been created to coincide with the launch of the latest (991) version of the evergreen sports car, and will run until 20 May this year.

First introduced at the Frankfurt show in September 1963, the 911 is getting close to its 50th anniversary, so the tribute at the Porscheplatz sanctuary looks more than appropriate. More than 700,000 cars have now been built, and Porsche reckons that some 70% are still in use.

The exhibition covers almost every 911 civilian variant – from narrow early models (1970 S, above) via 3.2 and 964 to the chubbier 993, 996 and 997s – along with some rare racing specimens including the Safari Rally Carrera RS (below) and a GT3 R Hybrid.

In addition to the cars, there is a selection of items marking the evolution of the model's standard equipment, from steering wheels to wheel rims charting progress from 1963 to the present day.

Other highlights spotted by Laguna include:

The ex-Bjorn Waldegaard British Caledonian rally challenger...

...and this gorgeous 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 road car.

Comments

Zagato

I have a pretty broad taste in classic cars and can appreciate all kinds of designs from the baroque drama of the Facel Fega HK500 to the aristocratic imperiousness of the 1960s Bentley Continental Flying Spur but I have to say that nothing comes close to matching the uncluttered perfection of the 911. No bling, no bullshit, just pure machine. Industrial design at its very finest.

Zagato

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