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Porsche keeps its history very much alive so that its customers can share in it. To enable it to maintain and look after classic racing and sports cars fittingly, Porsche has created a dedicated museum workshop. Here, the museum workshop personnel prepare all classic vehicles for appearances worldwide, regularly service them and perform any necessary repairs. Because however immaculate the classic cars in the "Museum on Wheels" may look, they need regular care if they are to remain permanently ready for action.

The unique feature of this workshop is that its master craftsmen and mechanics do not work behind closed doors. Visitors can watch them working on the full array of classic Porsches at first hand. On their way into the exhibition, they pass a glazed partition in the lobby that affords a perfect view into the museum workshop. Such openness is quite unprecedented even on a world scale, and only to be experienced at the Porsche Museum.

The workshop team comprises one master craftsman, three mechanics and a leatherworker. They all possess a wealth of experience in Porsche vehicles of all model years, both production and motor sport models. After all, they are ultimately responsible for correctly adjusting the sensitive high-performance engines of classic racing cars such as the twelve-cylinder turbo engine of a 917 in the manner that they require. There are two vehicle hoists, lathes and cutting machines at their disposal.

That equips them to handle virtually every service, repair or restoration task. They can even make replicas of simple mechanical components if necessary. Minor body repairs are also part of their task area. The workshop team can call upon the entire Porsche infrastructure for any tasks they are unable to complete on site.

Open the gallery

There’s not much chance of driving this 910/8 Bergspyder, as the Porsche Museum is busy preserving it in authentic condition

This will remain the case, right down to the rusted front bonnet, where now-weathered paint once shone in primary colours, scuffed seats, on which the faintest traces of flocking remain, and the toothless timing belt, stretched ineffectively across the injection pump drive – it will all be preserved for the sake of authenticity. That is just what this 910/8 Bergspyder conveys: authenticity, originality, a stopped moment in time.

“We do nothing to alter the condition,” says Alexander Klein, Head of Vehicle Management at the Porsche Museum. “Any tinkering would destroy its unique originality.” That applies to all of its functions too: the engine must never run again, the racing car will not be driven anywhere. “We have no intention of returning it to a ready-to-drive state,” explains Alexander Klein. “The Bergspyder has fulfilled its mission – it has already proven that it can drive and win.”

Preservation instead of restoration. Anything but an everyday undertaking: this is the first time that the Porsche Museum has decided to exhibit a classic car that survived its entire racing career, and has been completely unaltered ever since. This is a rare thing, as only three racing cars of around 640 Porsche vehicles from the museum’s treasure trove have gone untouched since decommissioning. “Attitudes towards classic cars and what to do with them have changed markedly in the past ten years,” explains Achim Stejskal, Director of the Porsche Museum. “The focus is no longer just on restoring them to their original pristine condition.” Automotive historians are increasingly turning towards a classical approach, of maintaining cultural artefacts in their authentic condition, in line with the philosophy set out in the Charter of Turin – an international agreement that has created guidelines on the preservation and restoration of vehicles since 2012. To put it more precisely: “Conservation includes all acts serving to secure and stabilise the vehicle or object that do not alter the historic substance, parts and materials. Conservation treatment will not put at risk the object’s historical or material documentary value in any way” it elaborates. “It serves exclusively to prevent or at least delay continued deterioration.

910/8 Bergspyder Film

Visitor information

Address
Porscheplatz 1
70435 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen

Contact

0049 (0)711 - 911 20 911

info.museum@porsche.de


Factory tours

Combine your visit to the Museum with a factory tour. The factory tour starts in the Museum itself. Factory tours take place from Monday to Friday.

A previous enrollment is necessary.

Contact

0049 (0)711 - 911 20 911

factorytours@porsche.de


Events

From August 3 until August 25, the Porsche Museum offers a children’s summer holiday programme with an exclusive sneak preview of „Playmobil: Der Film!“ on August 10 and 11. More information is available here.


News

Due to an event the Porsche Museum opens only around 13 hrs/ 1 p.m. on Friday, 19th of July, 2019. Thank you very much for your understanding.