• Nikki Busuttil

Calling 911 - A Porsche Phenomenon


Porsche may not be every billionaire's first choice for a runaround fast car, but there's no denying its iconic status in the more affordable fast car range... Love it or hate, the Porsche 911 has been around since 1965, when it went some way to revolutionising the sports car, with its five-speed manual transmission and its then sophisticated new rear suspension... But I digress...

To celebrate and honour the 911, some 50 years after it first graced our roads, world-renowned car behemoth Porsche commissioned the making of an equally gigantesque sculpture, regally placed upon the roundabout before the Porsche Museum, in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany.

Giant in size, stature and figure, the sculpture, from certain angles, appears to be swatting cars from the sky, as it features three actual models of the Porsche 911: a brand-new 911 Carrera, a classic 911 SC Coupé and 911 2.2 Coupé, the latter two lovingly restored to mint condition.

Standing at 25m tall (that's 82ft for our friends across the pond), the sculpture is a lightweight steel monocoque shell - a structural skin, if you will.

This sculptural feat was conceived by British artist and designer Gerry Judah, no less, with structural engineering by Capita, manufacturing by Littlehampton Welding and prefabrication carried out in the UK, before making its way to the current site, in Germany, for assembly.

There may not usually be many reasons to head to Stuttgart, other than a business trip or other... Yet, in my humble opinion, this new addition makes it worth the journey!

*All photography by David Barbour / Sourced at v2com

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