The Canadian International AutoShow Toronto is celebrating “70 Years of Porsche” with a special display at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb 16-25.
Although company founder Ferdinand Porsche started in business in Germany in 1931 doing automotive consulting and development, it wasn’t until 1948 that the first Porsche road car, the 356, was built.
Spearheaded by the founder’s son, Ferry Porsche, who couldn’t find the sports car of his dreams, the 356 was constructed in an Austrian sawmill.
Only when pre-orders warranted production moved to Stuttgart, where a Porsche factory and company headquarters remain to this day.
Porsche, like other European automakers of the day, used motor racing to both market their cars and to test them for reliability.
The 550 was one of the most successful cars of that era, being driven to victory frequently by Formula One ace Hans Hermann. Its successor, the Porsche 718, started racing in 1957 and was as successful as the 550 had ever been.
Although the Porsche 356 was a good soldier, the company’s success in motorsport was sufficient motivation for it to upgrade its road-going design and the result was the first 911, another rear-engine sports car but one with a six-cylinder “boxer” engine.
The “70 Years of Porsche” will be on display on Level 100 of the North Building, just to the west of Auto Exotica in a space that was occupied last year by “50 Years of Formula One in Canada.”
The company history, a focus on key individuals in its evolution, and six of its most famous cars over the decades will make up the exhibit.
What sets the Canadian International AutoShow apart from other auto shows is the large number of special presentations that both inform and entertain.
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