50 Years of the Porsche 917 Is a Must-See Exhibit
Now until September, visitors to the Porsche Museum will get to enjoy a special showing for the Porsche 917.
Special Exhibit, Special Car
The Porsche 917 is the most prominent car in the brand's prestigious racing history. Not to mention perhaps the most prominent car in the history of motorsports. So to mark the 917's 50th anniversary, the automaker has opened a special exhibit at the Porsche Museum.
The exhibit, dubbed "50 Years of the Porsche 917 – Colors of Speed," runs now through September 15. It consists of 14 different exhibits within the exhibit, including ten different 917 models.
One of the cars on display is none other than the original - 917-001. Fresh off, a restoration back to its original livery, this legendary display car is reason enough to fly to Stuttgart.
Start of a Trend
In addition, both the winners of the 1970 and 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans are on display. This includes the very first winner, the famous red-and-white Salzburg Design #23 car.
The 1971 winning 917, driven by Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep, covered 3,315 miles with an average speed of 138.13 mph, holding two records for an outstanding 39 years.
Other interesting vehicles on display include the famous Pink Pig, along with the 917 PA Spyder, which became a test car with a 16-cylinder engine, as well as the long-tail and turbo versions.
Those classic cars are joined by the 2013 concept “917 Living Legend”, which the Porsche Museum is presenting to the public for the first time as part of this special exhibition.
Showcase of Success
Of course, the 917 exhibit isn't just about the cars, as magical as they might be. It's also a showcase for the technology behind their success.
Additional displays showcase the technology behind the 917's 12-cylinder engine, the design process of the body design, and even how Porsche racing technology has trickled down to street legal cars, with a 911 Turbo serving as a living example.
Reliving the Past
Throw in several multimedia presentations, artwork, and interactive media stations, and it's hard to resist a visit to the Porsche Museum to relive the history behind this amazing vehicle.
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