Porsche museum – Travelling in Time through the History of Porsche
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Porsche Museum and Exhibition opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Porsche Museum Admission prices
School-children, students, apprentices, members drafted to the Armed Forces and civil services, senior citizens, disabled, unemployed: 4 Eur
Adults: 8 Euro
Porsche Museum Workshop opening hours
Mondays – Fridays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Porsche Museum is also available as an event location for other purposes, for example for conferences, film screenings or concerts, quite independently of the usual exhibition activities.
Porsche Museum Underground car park
Capacity: 260 vehicles Parking fee:
2 Euro (flat rate)
Porsche Museum General Visitor Enquiries
Tel: 01805 356 911
One of the greatest and most spectacular building projects in the history of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG was completed in December 2008: the new Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffen – hausen. Located directly in the very heart of this unique sports car company so rich in tradition, the Porsche Museum serves to present the fascinating thrill and diversity of the Porsche brand to visitors from all over the world.
More than 80 cars are on display in the 5,600 square metre (60,250 square feet) Exhibition Area styled and designed futuristically by the Viennese architects Delugan Meissl, ranging from the legendary wheel hub motor of the Lohner-Porsche, the world’s first hybrid automobile built as far back as in 1900, all the way to the latest generation of the Porsche 911.
No less than 170 architects from all over Europe applied for the project before the architects of the Delugan Meissl office won the tender in February 2005.
Construction work at Porsche – platz in Zuffenhausen started just half a year later and in November 2007 the body of the Exhibition Building was lowered on to three concrete cores, the first exhibits moving into the Exhibition Area not even one year later. On 8 December 2008, finally, the Porsche Museum was handed over to Porsche exactly on time.
The new building at Porscheplatz is located at a very important place in the history of German automobile production, since this is where the Porsche Design Office moved to from downtown Stuttgart to Plant 1 in Zuffenhausen back in 1938. In the same year the forerunners of the VW Beetle saw the light of day precisely here at this location, followed by the Type 64 Porsche as the ancestor of all Porsche sports cars, the legendary Berlin-Rome car, in 1939.
Sports cars proudly bearing the now world-famous Porsche logo have been built here in Zuffenhausen ever since 1950.
The Most Significant Porsche Museum Exhibits:
Type 64 (re-built)
Year of production: 1939 Power unit: four-cylinder boxer engine
|It was beautiful, dynamic and fast – and it quickly became Ferdinand Porsche’s great passion: Although this unique sports car built for the Berlin-Rome long-distance race bore nothing but the simple model designation “Type 64”, it is acknowledged as the “original Porsche”, the “great-grandfather” of all Porsches to follow. Within and beneath its streamlined aluminium body, Type 64 boasts the trendsetting concepts so characteristic of all Porsche sports cars following in the years to come. In terms of design and aerodynamics this unique Coupé was far ahead of its time, the symbiosis of motorsport qualities and production features creating an ideal grand touring car. On public roads Type 64 reached a top speed of no less than 130 km/h or 81 mph. Ferdinand Porsche often drove this car himself, showing his deep satis – faction by presenting the Porsche family name on the car itself.
Year of production: 1950
|When Ferdinand Porsche presented his “Study for the Construction of a German People’s Car” in January 1934, this was the eighth small car built under his guidance. Creating this compact model, Porsche and the engineers at his Construction Office offered highlights such as an air-cooled four-cylinder engine mounted at the rear, a crank arm axle, torsion bar suspension, and the subdivision of the car’s structure into a floorplate and the body itself. Through its design, the Beetle combined superior streamlining with sufficient space for four persons, in the process creating the famous Beetle silhouette. Total production of the Beetle by Volks – wagen AG up to the year 2003 amounted to 21.5 million units worldwide.
Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster
Year of production: 1948
|The first sports car to bear the name Porsche was built in spring 1948 in the small Austrian town of Gmünd (Province of Carinthia). Creating this unique vehicle, Ferry Porsche for the first time lived out his idea of a truly modern sports car. The prototype Porsche Type 356 “No. 1” was ready to go on 8 June and the Carinthian State Government issued a special per – mit for testing on public roads. This mid-engined sports car was powered by a VW engine increased in its output to 35 bhp. Weighing 585 kg or 1,290 lb, the Porsche 356 “No. 1” achieved a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). In August 1948 the car clearly proved its spor – ting qualities in the Innsbruck City Race.
Porsche 356 Coupé “Ferdinand”
Year of production: 1950
|A new chapter in the history of Porsche started on the Thursday before Easter 1950 when
the first Porsche 356 built in Stuttgart came out of the production hall. With all test cars by
tradition receiving a name at Porsche, the model on display in the new Museum was called
“Ferdinand” and was a gift for Ferdinand Porsche on his 75th birthday on 3 September 1950.
The car was subsequently used as a “rolling test vehicle”.
Porsche 356 America Roadster
Year of production: 1953
|A special roadster built exclusively for the North American market and significantly lighter than the other models in the Porsche 356 series produced at the same time. The car reached its ideal weight of 605 kg or 1,334 lb through its extra-light aluminium body with low door cutouts, stick-on side windows and an emergency roof. This truly spartan fore – runner to the Porsche 356 Speedster was conceived specifically for motorsport.
Porsche 550 A Spyder
Year of production: 1956
|“Little Bastard” was the name that legendary US film star James Dean gave his Porsche 550 intentionally built with all the aggressive attributes required for motorsport. Just 24 years old, Dean died in his private Spyder in 1955 on his way to the race track in Salinas, California, when another driver took his right of way.
Porsche Type 754 “T7”
Year of production: 1959
|Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s T7 styling study was a milestone on the way to the final design of the 911. Since Ferry Porsche refused to build a regular four-seater, “T7” never entered standard production. But Ferry Porsche did have the car re-built as a 2+2-seater, jump seats at the rear maintaining the typical look of a fastback coupé.
Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera GT
Year of production: 1960
|The Porsche 356 not only came with a new face, but also with innovative technology. The moving body parts made of aluminium are indeed a good example of such innovations. Other trendsetting features are the safety steering with hydraulic dampers and the optimised brake cooling system. The availability of various transmission ratios was likewise new. The additio – nal name “Carrera” was borne as of 1955 on all models with a racing engine.
Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé
Year of production: 1964
|In 1963 Porsche proudly presented the successor to the Porsche 356 at the Frankfurt Motor Show: the original Porsche 911. Porsche 911 differed in many respects from its predecessor, not only through its fast-revving six-cylinder power unit. And Ferry Porsche was happy “to be able at last to fit his golf set into the car without a problem.” Originally code-named the 901, the model designation had to be changed into the magical numbers 911, since Peugeot claimed the right to all three-digit numbers with a zero in the middle.
Year of production: 1969
|In the late ‘60s the close connection between Porsche and Volkswagen, which had grown consistently in the course of time, led to the construction of the VW-Porsche 914 – a dyna – mic but economical sports car. Apart from the four-cylinder VW version, there was a sixcylinder version of this very agile mid-engined sports car built exclusively for Porsche. And there were two cars with an eight-cylinder power unit carried over from motorsport, one of which was given to Ferry Porsche as a gift for his 60th birthday.
Porsche 911 S 2.2 Targa
Year of production: 1970
|In response to new, strict legislation in the USA, Porsche built the first production safety convertible in the world to meet this challenge: In the mid-60s Porsche’s engineers created a special version of Porsche 911 positioned in between the Cabriolet and the Coupé, inventing the Targa principle. This Targa version with its stable, removable roof quickly won over the hearts of a very special group of customers. Even the most powerful S-model (S for Sport) was available with the typical rollbar.
Porsche 908/03 Spyder
Year of production: 1970
|Weighing just 545 kg or 1,202 lb, the Spyder was an extreme rendition of lightweight techno – logy, the body made of reinforced-foam plastic weighing just 12 kilos or 26.5 lb. To ensure even better weight distribution, the driver and the power unit were moved to the front. The 908/3 Spyder to be admired here was raced only four times by the Works Team and won three races in the process, including its first race in the 1970 Targa Florio on Sicily with Jo Siffert and Brian Redman at the wheel.
Porsche 917 Short-Tail Coupé
Year of production: 1971
|In 1971 Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko set up a track record destined to go down in history. Averaging 222.30 km/h or 137.83 mph, they covered a distance of 5,335.16 kilo – metres (3,315.31 miles) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Once again Porsche’s engineers had gone for nothing but the best in terms of streamlining and low weight. The short-rear ver sion of Porsche 917 comes with shark fins on both sides of the rear hood, the frame is made of extra-light magnesium.
Porsche 917/30 Spyder
Year of production: 1973
|It is referred to as the “most powerful racing car of all times” – the upgraded twelve-cylinder power unit which dominated race tracks all around the world. With Mark Donohue at the wheel a Porsche brought home superior victory in the CanAm Series also the second time around, way ahead of McLaren. For the first time the turbocharged power unit also showed its merits on a winding track.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupé
Year of production: 1973
|The fastest German production car of its time was characterised by its unique rear spoiler referred to in popular terms as the “ducktail”. Introducing all kinds of aerodynamic improve – ments, Porsche set an important trend through this particular model, this spartan coupé living out the concept of “more power through more displacement and less weight” without the slightest compromise. The RS 2.7 was the first Porsche 911 to bear the name “Carrera” derived from the classic Carrera Panamericana road race.
Year of production: 1974
|Responding to the energy crisis in the mid-70s, VW decided to cancel a joint sports car pro – ject planned with Porsche. As a result German’s sports car maker created Porsche 924 as its own entry-level model leading into the range. Right from the start, the first model was characterised by its large glass tailgate as a striking design feature. Porsche 924 with its water-cooled front-mounted en – gine and transaxle configuration entered production at the Audi Plant in Neckarsulm in 1974.
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 Coupé
Year of production: 1976
|Porsche’s first production car to use an exhaust gas turbocharger for extra power developed an almost incredible 260 bhp at the time. And indeed, Porsche 911 Turbo was a bold move in the days of the energy crisis. Porsche 911 Turbo immediately took over the top position within Porsche’s model range, benefiting from technology proven in motorsport. Apart from the turbocharged power unit, this technology was to be admired above all on the brakes and the car’s streamlining.
Porsche 928 S
Year of production: 1983
|Porsche 928 was originally intended as the successor to Porsche 911, but quickly emancipated into a unique model in its own right. In 1978, just one year after being launched into the market, Porsche 928 became the first sports car in history to be elected as the “Car of the Year”. In technical terms the concept differed fundamentally from the Porsche 911 through its transaxle trans – mission, the water-cooled V8 light-alloy power unit, and the aluminium suspension.
McLaren TAG MP 4/2 C Formula 1
Year of production: 1986
|Developing new models of the highest calibre for external customers: Working in behalf of the TAG Group, Porsche built an engine destined to revolutionise Formula 1. This high-per – formance power unit displacing just 1 ½ litres developed enormous power in the McLaren Formula racing car, setting the foundation for three World Championship titles scored by Alain Prost and Niki Lauda as well as 25 Grand Prix wins between 1983 and 1987.
Year of production: 1988
|No other Porsche offers the same passionate symbiosis of competition and high technology as Porsche 959. Originally conceived for the new Group B racing category, Porsche 959 was built in an exclusive series of just 292 units as a spearhead in technology based on the 911 model series. Subsequent production models benefited significantly from this supersports car with its attractive looks. Despite its price tag of DM 420,000, Porsche 959 was quickly sold out.
Panamericana Concept Car
Year of production: 1989
|Bearing the name “Panamericana”, this unique model built in the course of only a few months was also presented at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept with its horizontal roof structure had a strong influence on the ongoing development of the 911 Targa and also paved the way for the construction of a new roadster, the Porsche Boxster soon to follow.
Year of production: 1996
|This two-seater roadster with its mid-mounted engine continued Porsche’s Spyder tradition, using modern technology in the process. Following an overwhelming response to the initial Boxster Show Car, the Company decided to build the production model. For technical rea – sons the roadgoing Boxster differed from the concept version but was nevertheless fully accepted as a thoroughbred Porsche. And while anticipating some features of the later gene – ration of Porsche 911, Porsche Boxster always remained a unique model in its own right.
Porsche Carrera GT
Year of production: 2003
|The driving experience is both undiluted and mind-boggling: Through its design language alone, Porsche Carrera GT clearly stands out as an uncompromising top-level performer. Boasting all the values of a modern racing car – supreme performance, extreme lightweight engineering, superior safety – Porsche Carrera GT was originally conceived for racing in Le Mans and was then built in an exclusive series of just 1,270 units in Leipzig, standing out forever as an ultra-low mid-engined supersports with a unique carbon-fiber body.