Porsche marks 70th anniversary in Stuttgart, around the world

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The Porsche Museum exhibits start from the very beginning | Porsche Museum photos
The Porsche Museum exhibits start from the very beginning | Porsche Museum photos

Today is the official 70th birthday of the Porsche sports car, marking the day – June 8, 1948 – that the first roadster, Porsche 356 No. 1, was officially registered. 

 To mark the anniversary, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart held an opening ceremony for its special exhibition, “70 Years of the Porsche Sports Car,” that traces its history from that first car to today’s advanced prototypes.  

Porsches have been gathered for the Porsche Museum show
Scores of historic Porsches have been gathered for the Porsche Museum show

The celebration continues around the world on Saturday with the designation of “Sports Car Together Day,” when Porsche drivers, collectors and enthusiasts will gather at dealerships, museums and other venues to mark the occasion.  

The Porsche Museum show contains more than 75 exhibits, from the recently completed replication of the No. 1 roadster, built by museum craftspeople to appear exactly as it did when rolled out for the first time, to the all-electric Porsche Mission E that looks to the future.   The entire museum has been transformed for the exhibit, with myriad historic models and displays of important milestones.

Porsche’s entire history of sports car manufacturing, including the origins of the iconic 911, and its illustrious racing heritage will be on display in the exhibition, which runs through January 6, 2019.

The exhibit traces Porsche's racing heritage
The exhibit traces Porsche’s racing heritage

“The special exhibition’s unique appeal is created by combining Porsche through the eras with the company’s cultural values: pioneering spirit, passion, sportiness and family,” according to a Porsche Museum news release. “The exhibition also places particular emphasis on the employees, racing drivers and friends of Porsche that have made the company the force it is today.”

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The 70th anniversary is being observed by Porsche throughout the year, and the Porsche 356 No. 1 replica will be displayed at a number of events, including the Porsche Rennsport Reunion held September 27-30 at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. 

Meanwhile, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles continues its acclaimed exhibit, “The Porsche Effect,” through January 2019. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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