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Here’s something very special for the Porsche fans out there. Actually, here’s something special for everyone, and by that we do mean everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re into Italian exotics, American muscle, or high-revving Japanese compacts. It doesn’t even matter if you like cars that much. The new Porsche exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles – appropriately named The Porsche Effect – is amazing in every sense of the word, with 50 cars on display representing the company’s history.

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“Over a year in the making, ‘The Porsche Effect’ will capture the innovative and iconic spirit of Porsche, showcasing the marque’s many contributions to automotive engineering and the motorsports world,” said Peter Mullin, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Petersen Automotive Museum. “We are thrilled to share this incredible history with the public in an experience that both passionate enthusiasts and casual fans will surely appreciate and enjoy.”

The exhibit spans all of Porsche history, from the modern 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hypercar to the 1939 Type 64. In between are race cars, vintage road cars, interesting non-automotive Porsche tidbits, and even a few rides with ties to Hollywood. Here's a list of every car on display:

  • 1965 Porsche 912
  • 1967 Porsche 911R
  • 1969 Porsche 911E Brown Bomber
  • 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT
  • 1974 Porsche 911 Number 2
  • 1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR
  • 1979 Porsche 928 Risky Business
  • 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Club Sport
  • 1988 March-Porsche 88C Indy Car
  • 1987 McLaren TAG Porsche
  • 1991 Porsche 944 S2 CS
  • 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS
  • 1994 911 (964) Turbo SX83
  • 1996 Porsche 993 RS
  • 2009 Porsche 997 RSR Art Car
  • Sally Carrera
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera R.S. Lightweight
  • 1939 Porsche Type 64 60K10
  • 1949 Porsche 356-2 Gmünd Coupe
  • 1964 Porsche 901
  • 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera
  • 2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype
  • 1958 356 Speedster
  • 1968 911 S Softwindow Targa Sportomatic
  • 1987 Porsche 928 H50 Study
  • 2016 Porsche 991 GTS Club Coupe
  • 1985 Porsche 911 Junior
  • 1956 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder, Chassis 0073
  • 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera6, Chassis 134
  • 1969 Porsche 917K, Chassis 015
  • 1983 Porsche 956, Chassis105
  • 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, Chassis 010014
  • 2008 Porsche RS Spyder, Chassis 802
  • 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Chassis 1506
  • 1958 Porsche 356A Super Speedster / Steve McQueen
  • 1979 Porsche 935 K3
  • 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo
  • 1951 Sauter Porsche 356 Roadster
  • 1956 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder
  • 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
  • 1967 Porsche 910
  • 1973 Porsche 917-30 Can-Am Spyder
  • 1997 Porsche 911 GT1
  • 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 
  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
  • 1996 Porsche FS Bike
  • 1971 Arova-Porsche 212 Skibob
  • 2003 Porsche Gravity Racer 
  • 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster
  • 1964 Porsche 356 Emory Special
  • 1965 Porsche 911

The exhibit opens February 3, but if you can’t make it to California, fear not. We have the most extensive mega photo gallery we’ve ever built available below, featuring multiple views of practically every car in the exhibit, and much more besides. We're talking over 1,700 photos of automotive bliss, so pour yourself a refreshing beverage, get comfortable, and let yourself get completely lost in The Porsche Effect.

Motor1.com's gallery starts with some of the team's personal favorite first, like Steve McQueen's 356 Speedster and a 993-spec 911 GT1 race car.

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Petersen Automotive Museum to Present 50 of the Most Iconic Porsche Sport Cars of All Time

Opening February 3rd,“The Porsche Effect” in the Mullin Grand Salon will feature the German brand’s most historically significant street and racecars along with artifacts and historical documents, accompanied by an all-new Porsche Vault Tour showcasing some of the marque’s rarest vehicles.

Los Angeles (January 15th,2018) –Celebrating the worldwide impact of Porsche’s legendary machines, the Petersen Automotive Museum will present “The Porsche Effect” to the public on February 3rd.The new exhibit—organized in partnership with Porsche Cars North America and staged in the Mullin Grand Salon—will represent the most comprehensive Porsche display outside of Stuttgart. Museum guests will have a chance to see 50 of the brand’s most iconic cars both in the exhibition and in an all-new Porsche-dedicated vault tour in the museum’s underground treasury.

For seven decades, the Stuttgart based automaker has been overwhelmingly successful on racetracks and in dealership showrooms around the world, thanks to a combination of innovative engineering, an evolutionary design and the resulting dynamic brand that has inspired diehard fans for generations.

“The Porsche Effect” features a collection of cars, historical documents and artifacts that will showcase the vehicles as kinetic art and illustrate the evolution of the brand itself—from early in the company’s engineering house beginnings through its modern-day road and race cars. “Over a year in the making, ‘The Porsche Effect’ will capture the innovative and iconic spirit of Porsche, showcasing the marque’s many contributions to automotive engineering and the motorsports world,” said Peter Mullin, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Petersen. “We are thrilled to share this incredible history with the public in an experience that both passionate enthusiasts and casual fans will surely appreciate and enjoy.”

"Within my responsibility I have at Porsche, none is greater than the commitment of looking after our great brand,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “With that, of course, comes the compulsion to support and honor our rich heritage. When the Petersen Museum first suggested we work together on what has become “The Porsche Effect,” I immediately saw the mutual benefits to both.  We are looking forward to sharing the story of Porsche through rare and seldom seen artifacts and display elements, in addition to some of the most iconic cars or all time.”

Some of the vehicles on display include the 1938 Berlin-Rome Type 64 race car, a 906 racecar, the 919 endurance racer, the Petersen Collection’s 901 and Continental, a rare model “X83” Turbo S Flachbau 964, a rally-spec Type 953 911, the world-beating Gulf 917K, the Jägermeister 962, the legendary Porsche 935 K3 Le Mans winner belonging to Petersen vice-chairman Bruce Meyer and more. On exclusive loan from The Porsche Museum will be the 928 H50 study, a rare four-door prototype of the 928.

Prior to the public opening, a limited number of guests can purchase tickets to the preview reception, which willf eature live music, gourmet food, and a curated panel discussion with iconic Porsche drivers including Hurley Haywood, Patrick Dempsey and Tommy Kendall. VIP ticket holders will receive access to the museum’s exclusive Penthouse Lounge, where they can meet drivers and other Porsche legends. VIPs will also be offered a limited-run poster, copies of limited-edition Porsche literature, and a tour of the Porsche vault. The exhibit will run through January 27, 2019. Those interested in attending the preview reception can purchase tax-deductible general admission and VIP tickets on www.petersentickets.org. Formore information on “The Porsche Effect” or about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.