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More Secret Relics From The Porsche Collection: Video 10
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, porsche, Porsche Museum, video on 08 10th, 2012

A Porsche 924, built to challenge the world endurance record

Perhaps more than any other automaker, Porsche’s history is a mix of industrial design, motorsports, production cars and experimental cars. Over the years, Porsche has built everything from farm tractors through formula cars, though not every project was a success.

It’s these “misfit toys” that most Porsche fans don’t even know about, like the aero-enhanced 924 built to challenge the world endurance record (before the project was scrapped), or the “Porsche Junior” Type 984, which borrowed heavily from the Lotus Elan and was completed as a concept some five years before Mazda introduced the Miata. There are competition cars built just to win a single race, indicating the importance of motorsport to Porsche.

The Stuttgart automaker is also wise enough to understand its strengths and weaknesses. It built a bullet-proof Type 996 Porsche 911 as a concept to challenge Mercedes-Benz, before realizing that the market for a three-ton 911 was a small one indeed.

We’re not sure how many “behind-the-scenes-at-the-Porsche-collection” videos they’ll give us, but we’ll watch as many as they produce.



The Porsche Museum Collection Gets A New Home: Video 8
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, porsche, Porsche Museum, video on 08 8th, 2012

Porsche’s Museum Collection numbers over 500 cars, which is far more than its current museum (opened in 2009) can display at any given time. In fact, the Porsche Museum only has room for around 80 exhibits; factor in other Porsche Museum cars on display at events worldwide, and you still need a massive facility to house the entire collection not currently exhibited under one roof.

For years, that had been a problem for Porsche, which was forced to keep its holdings in a variety of storage locations. Recently, however, Porsche was able to buy a facility on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany, that provides sufficient room to house, maintain and restore every vehicle in its collection. There’s even room for expansion to allow for future Porsche models.

To commemorate the collection’s new home, Porsche will be feeding us a series of videos, giving brief glimpses on its new (apparently secret) location, as well as providing a look at some unusual cars in its inventory. The first video gives an overview of the facility, before showing off the very first 911 Turbo produced.

This is as close as most of us will ever get to Porsche’s priceless collection of historical cars, so we can’t wait to see what else they’ll share with us. Look for other installments in the coming weeks.







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