PK Auto Design does “The Porsche Effect”.
L.A. serves as one of the best foundations for the automotive scene. With actors and their private collections, to some of the headquarters for international race teams. Being such an authority figure, L.A. serves as the perfect curator for some of the best museums and automotive communities as well.
One of these monuments is the Petersen Automotive Museum and specifically their newest exhibit, “The Porsche Effect.”
For the next year, the Petersen Automotive Museum serves as the biggest gathering of historical Porsche automobiles outside of Germany.
The Porsche Effect overlooks 48 historic Porsches that have played integral roles, making Porsche what is today. Le Mans winning monsters, record sales holders, and even a 4-door 928 prototype are all here for your enjoyment.
Celebrating Porsche’s 70 year anniversary, the exhibit recalls art, design, engineering, and racing history. Not to mention the museum’s existing approval of the of the Stuttgart brand, Petersen is a perfect candidate to represent Porsche in its full automotive glory.
A continental collection made possible for your viewing pleasure on behalf of a handful of Porsche related companies and private owners.
First approaching the museum, having not been here before, I was captivated by the design of the building, which only added to the anticipation of experiencing the exhibit. Finally parking, the ramp served as a great precursor to what I was about to see inside.
When first entering The Porsche Effect, you are greeted with a totem of chassis numbers and call numerals for all of the Porsche models over the years. This statue of achievement gently opens the floor up to the Type 64 that many consider to be the first automobile that was what Porsche was to become.
Walking into the museum entrance, you are immediately captivated by a pair of GT1 911s. Porsche dominated the supercar class at Le Mans with this car. The GT1 is another prime example of Porsche’s ability to dominate its class. One of these can currently be purchased for an exasperating $7mil.
The unveiling of the showroom, with such a welcoming, exceeds your expectation as you continue to ponder and carry into the heart of the exhibit.
917s, 4-door 928s, Carrera GTs, 906s, authentic Le Mans-winning championship cars, the Dakar winning 959, limited production trim models, and, of course, a few 911s are all yours to feast upon when you really take on the Porsche effect. The staging and contrasts of 70 years of Porsche is really incredible. As you start to engage and read into what each car signifies, you learn and start to embrace what a refined automotive passion can achieve.
I have to point out the 917. Cars world renowned and local to our communities have taken on the iconic Gulf Livery. The blue and orange colors are a staple for the racing community and a landmark for Porsche in the movie industry. Steve McQueen was responsible helping to bring this car to fame the the classic Le Mahns movie in 1971 and continues to remain a trendsetting livery for many different racing series. This car is also responsible for being the most expensive Porsche ever sold and went for a staggering $14,008,000 at Pebble Beach in 2017. This cars presence is more powerful than any other landmark I have ever bared witness.
Another noteworthy spectacle in the Porsche Effect is the 76’ 930 Turbo Carrera. Everyone knows what a Turbo 930 looks like but it’s poised juxtaposition in the middle of the room against the rest of the cars was incredible. A tombstone in production and development that shaped Porsche forever. Muscular contours to fit a wider rear tire set, a huge spoiler, and more power that you can shake a stick at landed a trademark worthy of becoming an immediate sensation.
From the notable contributions to VW earlier in the upper levels of the Petersen Museum, to the secrets kept in the vault, the Petersen Museum perfectly exemplifies what 70 years of success looks like. This exhibit is sure to please the automotive enthusiast as well as their significant other, even if you don’t like Porsches, you can admire the achievements that Ferdinand and his legacy leave behind.
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