Motor Shows

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  • #3817

    Martin
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    Seen at the Geneva Motor Show in 1977 -then as now a popular debut venue for new Porsches- is this very early 928, believed to be one the pre-production batch of press and display cars. Its interior is interesting as it has a white base for the famous Pascha black and white cloth inserts and this certainly contrasts well with the equally vibrant exterior.

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  • #4058

    Martin
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    The Tapiro was Giorgetto Giugiaro’s take on the 914-6 and is seen here when making its debut at the 1970 Turin Show. Taking some of its cues from his previous design for the De Tomaso Mangusta, which he created while still working for Ghia, unlike some of these exotic show exhibits this one was a full functioning car and could have been manufactured had there been sufficient interest.

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    Such interest not being forthcoming, it was eventually sold to a Spanish customer and used on the road but was destroyed by workers at the owners’ business during a period of industrial unrest. The burnt-out remains were repurchased and are displayed in the Italdesign company collection.

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    Although the car had a long nose, ‘Tapir’ is perhaps not the most exotic name for such a machine, although what it is called is probably of no concern to those children playing in it. That’s not another example in the background by the way, just a full-scale drawing.

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  • #4328

    Martin
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    It was some time before Porsche could boast any stand-alone dealers or even separate showrooms at joint franchises and given some common ancestry their being sold by VW outlets was a good fit in the early days of the company. Here we see a couple of pre-early 1952 356s along with what appears to be the entire VW range at a Dutch exhibition. We tend to think of the Beetle as quite a rounded car, but in comparison the 356 is certainly a lot more curved.

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  • #5025

    Martin
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    The name Clubsport has been applied to various Porsche models, although this is one of the rarest to carry that title. Shown here when the 911 Speedster was presented at the Frankfurt show in 1987, the Speedster Clubsport was something of a niche model version of a car that was itself a niche model.

    I’m sure that this operation is not as difficult as it looks!

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  • #5027

    Martin
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    ’Structural measures to improve occupant protection in frontal collisions’ is the heading on the sign above this sectioned 928.

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  • #5030

    Martin
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    Date and location unknown, but the shade of the matching clothing and decoration give some indication of period. That carpet has a thick pile too, the 930 having left tyre tracks in it.

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  • #5039

    Martin
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    In relation to the above shot, the first 911 Turbo that was exhibited at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show was something of a mock-up and it was not until the Paris Show just over a year later that the production version was shown. This may explain the Dunlop Racing tyres and competition-type frontal treatment of this car.

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  • #5040

    Martin
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    At the 1978 British Motor Show this 924 Lux is priced at £8649.

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  • #5198

    Martin
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    Time and society have moved on since these pictures were taken at the London Motor Show in the 1970’s, although the girls adorning these Porsches were far better clothed than some on the other stands, especially on press day.

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  • #5586

    Martin
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    It seems incredible that this Boxster prototype is old enough to fall within our 25 year cut-off. Fittingly -as American Grant Larson had styled this ‘concept’ version- premiered at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show, the car was at the same time a statement of intent and a testing the water exercise. The reception that it received certainly left Porsche in no doubt as to the fact that they were thinking along the right lines, a direction in which they had been looking since the prototype open two-seater 984 had been conceived in 1987-88.

    While at this stage the Boxster was some way from the interior and exterior refinements that would see it into production in 1996 and was perhaps still leaning a little too heavily on the 718 RS Spyder that provided much inspiration, this view shows various features that are well on the way to their final forms, such as many of the dashboard details. You just have to like that totally impractical asymmetrical mirror too!

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