1955 Porsche Continental. Photos courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum, unless otherwise noted.
Porsche has built up its long-admired reputation as one of the world’s premier builders of thrilling sports car on the street and winning race cars on the track, with a fair bit of overlap. Opening on February 3, 2018, and running for almost a year until January 27, 2019, the exhibit, titled “The Porsche Effect” will showcase “the impact of the iconic German brand from a cultural and design perspective,” according to the museum’s press release.
1955 Porsche Continental.
The Peterson will pull off this display by partnering with Porsche Cars North America to bring out “one of the most comprehensive displays of the marque outside of Stuttgart,” the German automaker’s home city. Peter Mullin, the chairman of the boards of the directors at the Peterson has promised a display “on a grand scale.” So far, the partners have committed to exhibiting a 911 RS, considered one of the most sporting of the early air-cooled 911 models; a Porsche 901, a very early 911 that used the project’s original model designation until another European automaker threatened suit over the name; and a 1955 Porsche Continental Cabriolet, a a rare, one-year only nameplate used in the U.S. only, until another automaker—this time Ford—threatened suit.
1964 Porsche 901.
Other significant cars have been promised for the event as well, along with billboards, engine displays and other supporting exhibits, all to be shown in the Mullin Grand Salon, and all with the goal of demonstrating Porsche’s cultural and design significance since the company began producing cars in a sawmill in Austria nearly 70 years ago.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight. Photos by Richard Roeder, courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum.
While details are still a bit slim on the particulars of the event, the museum and PCNA are slated to hold an event previewing the opening of the display. As we find out more, we will update this post.