Right next to the company's humble 1948 wooden workshop, a futuristic $200m temple to the Porsche brand houses 80 of its finest specimens and is prepared to welcome more than 200,000 visitors a year. In pride of place in the collection is the Type 64, the first vehicle to sport the famous Porsche marque, which was built in 1936 by Ferdinand Porsche. One of three handmade by German coachbuilder Reutter, it was used by Porsche himself on his travels across Europe.
Although electrical engineer Ferdinand was the first Porsche to put his name to a car, all the hard work was done by his son, Ferry, who is the real father of the Porsche as we know it. Ferry built the Porsche ‘Number One’ in Austria in 1948 as a car for himself with no intention for mass production but it attracted so much attention from the driving public that it soon went into production… and the rest is history.
The 1953 America Roadster, the 1959 Type 754 (the prototype for the 911), the 1960 718RS60 Spyder, the 1962 804 (pre-curser to the Boxster), the 1964 904 Carrera GTS (the first fibreglass Porsche) are all on display at the impressive museum, along with cut-away 911 models, Porsche memorabilia, the first Porsche diesel (a tractor) and a 1956 Jagdwagen 4WD military jeep. There’s also a chance to see inside some of the most iconic cars in the world, by peering into the museum’s glass-encased workshop where customers’ cars and those in the collection are maintained and restored.