From 7 to 10 March 2013, Porsche was represented at the Retro Classics in Stuttgart, one of the most important vintage car shows. Exhibits included models from the Porsche Museum, as well as the entire Porsche Classic range. The range includes a wide variety of Classic Genuine Parts and information about the factory restoration of classic Porsche vehicles. This year, the focus was on the centrepiece of the Porsche brand - the 911, which has thrilled car enthusiasts throughout the world for 50 years now.
At around 77,000 visitor numbers at the Retro Classics event, which is now in its 13th year, were up by almost 20 per cent compared with last year’s already excellent figures. The internationality of the visitors and exhibitors at the Stuttgart Retro Classics has also increased – the approx. 700 journalists alone came from around 20 different countries. “We are extremely satisfied with the positive development of the Retro Classics event,” said Alexander Fabig, Head of Porsche Classic. “This is an opportunity for us to present our range of services and to cultivate customer contacts right on our own doorstep.”
The Porsche Classic specialists were available to answer any questions on the supply of genuine parts and the range of services offered by the Classic Workshop was vividly demonstrated. The bodyshell of a 911 Carrera RS 2.7 (1972) with mounted frame gauges was used to show the full range of bodywork that can be carried out when performing a complete restoration. Also on show was a 356 A 1600 S Speedster (1957), only 4,145 of which were ever built. This vehicle is undergoing complete restoration by Porsche Classic and is currently at the final assembly stage.
The Porsche Museum commemorated "50 years of the Porsche 911" with four unique exhibits: in addition to an early 911 Turbo Coupé pre-series model (1974), a 911 4x4 Cabriolet concept car (1981) and the road version of the 911 GT1 (1998), visitors and fans at the Stuttgart motor show also had a chance to admire the 754 "T7" 911 prototype (1959). The vehicle's body, devised by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, is regarded as a milestone in the design of the 911. In addition, a pre-series engine for the 901 was on show for the first time.