From a rotten 911 prototype to the latest 918 Spyder, there were some great Porsches on show at Essen this year. Here are some of our favourites
With more than 190,000 people turning up to see the cars at this year’s Essen Techno Classica, it’s fair to say that many of them were there to see the huge number of Porsches that were on show. Here are some of the best Porsches from around the huge show.
Porsche 924 Carrera GTS: Although this might not be considered complete, there’s something quite nice about seeing such a beautifully prepared shell just waiting to be put back together. The hardcore GTS is a hugely worthy candidate for such a thorough restoration.
Porsche 959, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder: Seeing all three of Porsche’s hugely impressive supercars lined up together was a real joy. The 959’s wacky paintjob was also quite a draw for the crowds…
Porsche 911 Turbo Targa Buchmann: This 911 Turbo was the original show car of notable tuner Rainer Buchmann. Converted from a standard Coupe, the car was painted with the Polaroid rainbow colours.
Porsche 356 A Coupe: This car from the Classic Porsche Collection has won the 1999 La Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, competing again in 2012. Featuring prominently on the Vredestein stand it looks utterly purposeful.
Porsche 968 Club Sport: Beautiful example of one of the front-engined Porsches 968 CS. Often considered to be the ultimate incarnation of the 944/968, this car was sold very quickly.
Porsche 911 HLS: This one-off concept car was originally built just down the road from Essen at the Automotive Engineering department in the Universtiy of Aachen. The interesting prototype was left to rot, and is displayed here in its unloved state.
Porsche 917K: There’s something about seeing one of the most iconic Le Mans racers in one of the most recognisable colour schemes. This LMK replica of the 917k from 1971 really captures the spirit of the original.