70 Years Porsche Sports Cars at Retro Classics

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Retro Classics at the Messe Stuttgart.

The Porsche Museum is celebrating “70 years of the Porsche sports car” at this year’s Retro Classics exhibition on March 22–25, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart trade fair center. Every hour at the Porsche stand, visitors can hear a 15-minute promo about the history of the Porsche brand. A selection of special sports cars is prominent for example Porsche presents the Type 915 as the study for a Gran Turismo based on the 911. This unique vehicle was constructed in the autumn of 1969 under the 915-type designation. With its wheelbase extended by 350 millimeters, the 915 was designed to offer more legroom for the rear passengers. A 356 Speedster from 1955 also is prominent in the tour. This lightweight and affordable sports car was developed especially for the US market in the 1950s.

A theme of the Porsche exhibition stand is the development of turbocharging. The brand’s pioneering work in this field is illustrated by four sports cars spanning several decades: The Porsche 961, a race track version of the 959 super sports car, demonstrated the reliability and performance during the Le Mans long-distance race in 1986. 

The year 1991 saw the launch of an exclusive 944 Turbo Cabriolet with an output of 250 hp; by the end of series production, only 528 of these sports cars had been built. In 1997, Porsche Exclusive offered a variant of the last air-cooled 911 Turbo, with a 3.6-litre flat engine with output increased from 408 hp to 430 hp. The end of turbo development is marked by the 911 GT2 RS, which holds the lap record for production vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife at 6:47.3 minutes. This high-performance sports car with rear-wheel drive and an output of 515 kW (700 hp) is the fastest and most powerful 911 with road approval produced to date. Porsche Track Experience also offers this vehicle as an option at its driving events.

Two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl along with both Porsche racers, Hans Herrmann and Kurt Ahrens, are expected at the Porsche stand for an autograph session on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm.

  • Röhrl has worked with Porsche as a developer for 25 years.
  • Herrmann, who celebrated his 90th birthday in February, is one of the most successful works racing drivers at Porsche AG with more than 80 overall and class victories.
  • Ahrens won the long-distance races in Zeltweg (1969) and at the Nürburgring (1970) for Porsche.

Le Mans winner Marc Lieb and Porsche works driver Dirk Werner will also be available for autographs on Saturday March 24. Herrmann and Ahrens will attend the Porsche stand as guests again on Sunday 25 from 2.00 pm for a further autograph session alongside Porsche works drivers Laurens Vanthoor and Richard Lietz. Enthusiast and Porsche collector Magnus Walker has announced that he will be at the stand on Saturday March 24 at 4.00 pm to autograph his book entitled “Urban Outlaw: Dirt Don’t Slow You Down”, published by Delius Klasing.

The team from Porsche Classic is available on all days of the exhibition for questions about repairing and restoring Porsche cars and can advise on the 52,000 items in the genuine parts range, including the Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System plus genuine parts created using 3D printing. The experts will also showcase an example of their expertise in the form of the restored Porsche 911 S Type 915 prototype. The team from Porsche Experience will be in attendance too, offering exclusive driving experiences on unusual routes and race tracks, as well as on ice and snow, while the Porsche Drive team will present its mo-bility offering and the current models in the product range.

Alongside its usual range of souvenirs and titles from its internal publishing house “Edition Porsche Museum”, the museum shop will be selling the new Porsche Driver’s Selection product collection for the first time in celebration of “70 years of the Porsche sports car.” Selected products will also be available from Porsche Classic. For fans of Walter Röhrl, the range includes model vehicles and books about the racing icon.

The “Retro Classics” exhibition is taking place from March 22–25, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart trade fair centre. The Porsche Museum can be found in its traditional spot in Hall 4, the Porsche Hall. More information is also available at www.porsche.com/museum/en/.

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