Running until 20 May 2012 is a new exhibition at the Porsche museum in Zuffenhausen, celebrating and exhibiting all seven generations of the evergreen 911 – as well as special models such as the Safari and GT3 RSR hybrid.
Since the launch of this legendary sports car in 1963, its DNA has been rigorously developed and improved without diluting the basic concept. Seven generations and more than 700,000 units have since rolled off the production line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. So it is hardly surprising that the curators of the Porsche museum have now dedicated a special exhibition to this most famous of models. “Like no other car,” states the exhibition’s promotional material, “the 911 combines apparent opposites such as sportiness and practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality.” These claims are not mere marketing puff – their truth is confirmed by the incredible success of the 911.
As well as the standard models on display at the museum, there’s a range of rare and racing versions, from the 911 Carrera RS 2.7, to the Safari and the 911 GT3 R hybrid prototype from the Development Centre in Weissach. True 911-addicts are likely also to gaze lovingly at the classic steering wheels, rims, and especially the never-before-shown documents from the company archives.