The Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates Mid-Engine Porsche Perfection

Porsche 918 Spyder in the "Porsche effect" exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museuml

“Uncompromised Design”

LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2019)– The Petersen Automotive Museum announced today it will open a new exhibit featuring a selection of historic mid-engine cars from Porsche spanning the length of the brand’s 70 year history. Located in the Mullin Design Studio, “Uncompromised Design” will showcase the evolution of Porsche’s roadgoing and race models that continue to advance the pursuit of ultimate performance. The new exhibit is scheduled to open on July 25, 2019.

Porsche 550 Spyder 

Highlights of the exhibit will include a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, the first production Porsche designed specifically for racing and the first with a mid-mounted engine. Three examples of the 550 Spyder finished first, second and third in their class at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans. Other highlights include a 2015 Porsche 918 Hybrid hypercar, which was the first production car ever to lap the iconic Nurburgring race circuit in Germany in under seven minutes, and a 1971 Porsche 914-6 which holds the distinction of being Porsche’s first regularly available mid-engine production model.   

914/4 (left) and 914/6 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1969
914/4 (left) and 914/6 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1969

The Petersen will host an opening reception for “Uncompromised Design” on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Media guests and ticketholders will be able to preview the exhibit while enjoying complimentary beverages and light appetizers by Drago Ristorante along with a special panel discussion featuring Porsche Design of America Head of Design Steffen Gantz, ArtCenter College of Design Head of Transportation Design Stewart Reed and Porsche exterior designer Grant Larson.

“‘Uncompromised Design’ is a focused look into the legacy of Porsche’s most single-minded and advanced performance cars,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “These cars helped to push back the boundaries of automotive performance, and we can’t wait to share their story with the public.” 

“Uncompromised Design” will run through March 31, 2020. For more information about “Uncompromised Design” and the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit  

Petersen Automotive Museum Press Release
Pictures courtesy Porsche AG , Vintage Race Photography and Petersen Automotive Museum