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Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to go to a Porsche exhibit set up at the North Carolina Museum of Art. I will keep the text in this post to a minimum as to let the pictures do the talking but as the guest curator said in his own words, "These superlative examples of the signature Porsche design principles- minimalism, aerodynamic fluidity, and technical innovation-illustrate the history of this unique manufacturer, from the 1930s to the present day."

This collection of cars comes from various private collections of cars from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Chad Mcqueen, The Porsche Museum, and many other private collectors (including a personal friend who had 5 of their cars on display)

Regretfully, the only car I was unable to get a picture of was the oldest and arguably most rare car there, a black 1938 Type 64 Berlin-Rom Racer owned by the Collection of the Automuseum Prototyp in Hamburg, Germany.

Here are the pictures I got and a little info on each (Sorry for the phone pictures, batteries in my camera were dead on arrival to the expo)


1949 Porsche Type 356 Gmünd Coupe

Engine: 1,098 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, OHV 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 72 hp at 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed nonsynchromesh manual
Top Speed: 100 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 1,430 pounds





1958 Porsche Type 356 Speedster 1600 Super

Engine: 1,582 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, OHV 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 88 hp at 5,500 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 110 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 2,150 pounds




1961 Porsche Type 356B 1600 Carrera GTL Abarth Coupe

Engine: 1,587 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 147 hp at 7,400 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 144 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 1,762 pounds




(Pictured with the 356 Speedster as well)

1964 Porsche Type 356C Carrera 2 Coupe

Engine: 1,966 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, OHV 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 128 hp at 6,200 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 125 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 2,150 pounds






(Easily one of my favorites!)

1965 Porsche Type 365C Cabriolet (This example famously owned by Janis Joplin)

Engine: 1,582 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, OHV 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 88 hp at 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed nonsynchromesh manual
Top Speed: 110 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Transmission: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 2,150 pounds





(Unfortunately this car was no longer in running condition and had 130,000+ miles logged on the odometer)

1953 Porsche Type 550 Prototype

Engine: 1,498 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, OHV 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 98 hp at 5,500 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: Estimated 110 mph
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars w/ parallel trailing arms; independent rear swing axle w/ single trailing arm on each side
Weight: 1,450 pounds





1962 Porsche Type 804 Formula One

Engine: 1,494 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, carbureted DOHC 8-cylinder
Horsepower: 180 hp at 9,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: 168 mph
Wheelbase: 90.5 in.
Suspension: Independent front double wishbones, longitudinal torsion bars, inboard-mounted shocks; double rear wishbones, torsion tube, inboard-mounted shocks
Weight: 996.5 pounds




1965 Porsche Type 904/6 Prototype

Engine: 2,000 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 245 hp at 8,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 160 mph
Wheelbase: 90.6 in.
Suspension: Independent front double wishbones with coil springs; independent rear multilink with coil springs
Weight: 1,443 pounds




 

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1968 Porsche Type 908K Prototype

Engine: 2,990 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected DOHC, 16-valve, 8-cylinder
Horsepower: 350 hp at 8,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: 200 mph
Wheelbase: 90.6 in.
Suspension: Independent front double wishbones, coil springs; upper and lower rear links, radius arms, coil springs
Weight: 1,322.8 pounds







1969 Porsche Type 917 16-cylinder Spyder Prototype

Engine: 7,200 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 16-cylinder
Horsepower: 880 hp at 8,300 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 225 mph
Wheelbase: 100.6 in.
Suspension: Front and rear unequal-length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs
Weight: Estimated 1,850 pounds





1971 Porsche Type 917K

Engine: 4,907 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected DOHC 12-cylinder
Horsepower: 600 hp at 8,400 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Top Speed: 223 mph
Wheelbase: 90.6 in.
Suspension: Front and rear, unequal-length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs
Weight: 1,760 pounds





1977 Porsche Type 935 "Baby"

Engine: 1,425 cc. air cooled, turbocharged, fuel injected, horizontally opposed, DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 380 hp at 8,200 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: 168 mph
Wheelbase: 89.4 in.
Suspension: Independent front MacPherson struts, lower wishbones, adjustable antiroll bar; semitrailing rear arms and coil-over springs/shocks
Weight: 1,710 pounds


The experimental 935 was nicknamed "Baby" because it was so light that the engineers had to add weight to meet the minimum class requirements





1990 Porsche Type 962C

Engine: 3,200 cc. air cooled, twin turbocharged, fuel injected, horizontally opposed, 24-valve, DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 720 to 750 hp at 7,800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: Estimated 215 mph
Wheelbase: 104.3 in.
Suspension: Independent front wishbones with coil-over springs/shocks; independent rear pushrods with coil-over springs/shocks
Weight: 1,984 pounds







1963 Porsche Type 901 Prototype

Engine: 1,991 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, SOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 148 hp at 6,100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 120 mph
Wheelbase: 87.1 in.
Suspension: Independent front MacPherson telescopic shock strut with lower wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars; independent rear transverse torsion bars with triangulated trailing links
Weight: 2,380 pounds





1974 IROC Porsche Type 911 Carrera RSR

Engine:2,993 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 316 hp at 8,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 155 mph
Wheelbase: 89.4 in.
Suspension: Independent front transverse torsion bars with coil springs; independent rear multilink with coil springs
Weight: 1,980 pounds






There are a couple more photos to add but I have to run into work unexpectedly so I will update later on tonight! Enjoy!
 

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2010 Porsche Type 911 Sport Classic Carrera

Engine: 3,800 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 408 hp at 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: Estimated 191 mph
Wheelbase: 92.5 in.
Suspension: Independent front double wishbones; independent rear double wishbones with coil-over shock absorbers
Weight: 3,131 pounds




1988 Porsche Type 959

Engine: 2,849 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, twin turbo DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 450 hp at 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual PDK
Top Speed: 195 mph
Wheelbase: 89.4 in.
Suspension: Independent upper and lower double wishbones, front and rear, with Bilstein coil-over shock absorbers
Weight: 3,200 pounds




1989 Porsche Panamericana Concept

Engine: 3,162 cc. air cooled, horizontally opposed, DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 275 hp at 6,100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed synchromesh manual
Top Speed: 162 mph
Wheelbase: 89.5 in.
Suspension: Independent front struts with lower wishbones, coil springs, stabilizer bar; independent rear with semitrailing arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Weight: 1,762 pounds








2005 Porsche Type 980 Carrera GT

Engine: 5,733 cc. air cooled, DOHC V-10
Horsepower: 605 hp at 8,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual PDK
Top Speed: 205 mph
Wheelbase: 107.5 in.
Suspension: Independent upper and lower double wishbones, front and rear, with Bilstein coil-over shock absorbers
Weight: 3,043 pounds





And last but not least, the most aggressive car there!

2010 Porsche Type 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car Prototype

Engine: 4,000 cc. water cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected DOHC, 24 valve, 6-cylinder (470 hp) + two electric motors (202 hp)
Horsepower: 672 total hp
Transmission: 6-speed sequential, all-wheel drive
Top Speed: 175 mph
Wheelbase: 92.5 in
Suspension: Front and rear electronic height-adjustable suspension with coil-over shock absorbers
Weight: 2,866 pounds






 

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thats great
thanks for sharing :)
 

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I never post on here (this is my first one), but I had to for this. Amazing photos, these are rolling pieces of the most beautiful art and your photos capture it well. I especially like the character of the classics. Thank you for sharing Derek!
 

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Holy hell I'm surprised I even typed that in, I knew that. I was just copying out of the book I got. Surprised that typo slipped by me.
 
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