The Porsche 356 in the spotlight at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels

Ferry Porsche in the No. 2 plant’s assembly building in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, with Type 356 A Coupe and 356 A Convertible D cars in 1958

We all have celebrated the 70th anniversary of Porsche producing sportscars in 2018. Actually the Porsche engineering office was founded in the early 1930s by Ferdinand Porsche. The ‘old professor’, as he was nicknamed, was formerly a designer of electric cars and racing cars and the chief developer at Daimler-Benz. With the foundation of the Porsche engineering office ,he laid the foundations for the global company that would later bear the same name. In case you want to learn more about that, we recommend reading the book “Porsche: Vom Konstruktionsbüro zur Weltmarke”. The first car bearing the name Porsche was built in Gmünd (Austria) and road-registered June 8 1948.

Reason enough to have festivities like the ‘Porsche Effect exhibition’ at the Petersen Museum, special attention for the birthday at the Rennsport Reunion in 2018, and subject of a special exhibition at the Autoworld museum in Brussels.  Only about 50 cars were produced in Austria, before Porsche moved back to Stuttgart in 1950 to start with the production of the Porsche 356.  Again reason enough for the Autoworld Museum in Brussels to put the Porsche 356 in the spotlight.

King Baudouin of Belgium takes delivery of his Porsche 356 , with Roland d’ieteren

 

Porsche 356 70 years exhibition

Approximately 30 Porsche 356 will be on display in the exhibiton in the Autoworld Museum. The exhibition covers the complete history of the Porsche 356.  You’ll find all models of the Porsche 356 range : from the early production Porsche 356 pre A (both split-window and bent-window version) over the Porsche 356 B and Porsche 356C.  They even managed to have some extremely rare versions of the Porsche 356. How many times do you think you can admire a Porsche 356 Carrera GT Speedster?Or how about the Porsche 356 Carrera Abarth GTL ?

In Belgium, the police used to drive Porsche 911s for a while. Just as in the Netherlands, the German police had Porsche 356 Cabriolets in use as police cars. You can admire on of those German Polizei Porsche 356 in the exhibition. On top of all these Porsches in the spotlight, there is ofcourse the permanent exhibiton of the Autoworld Museum. And as the cherry on the pie, another Porsche 356 welcomes you on the square in front of the museum. The exhibition runs from July 1st to August 30. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Autoworld Museum’s website

Pictures courtesy Porsche AG