Petersen Automotive Museum Exhibit to Showcase Iconic Porsche Street And Race Cars

The Petersen Automotive Museum will team with Porsche Cars North America to host one of the most comprehensive displays of the marque outside of Stuttgart, Germany. Opening Feb. 3, The Porsche Effect exhibit will focus on the impact of the iconic German brand from a cultural and design perspective, offering a selection of sports and race cars along with renderings, engines and billboards.

“Porsche has been overwhelmingly successful in every field they have entered, pushing the boundaries both on and off the track,” said Peter Mullin, chairman of the board of directors for the Petersen. “This display of extremely rare Porsche sports cars on a grand scale is a tribute to the spirit of the marque.”

“Last November, after a visit to the newly renovated Petersen Museum, great minds came together to develop the partnership between Porsche and the Petersen,” said Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “We are excited and proud to showcase some of our most historic Porsche sports cars for the Petersen and its visitors.”

From humble beginnings in a Gmünd sawmill, to Stuttgart, Le Mans and now the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, Porsche has become an international icon. To capture this evolution, Petersen curators selected models from early in the brand’s engineering beginnings through its current modern-day sports cars, showcasing the vehicles as kinetic art. Some of the vehicles already selected for the exhibit include a 911 RS from 1973, an early Porsche 901, the precursor of the 911 and a 1955 Porsche Continental Cabriolet, a name used in the U.S. for 1955 only, making it especially rare. More vehicles, art and static displays will be announced in the months prior to the exhibit’s opening.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 3 through Jan. 27, 2019.

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