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Iconic Porsche 911 models driving into the sky

18 November, 2014


Three Porsche 911 vehicles are planned to tower above traffic with Porsche AG looking into erecting a new landmark at its Stuttgart headquarters in Germany.

The sculpture, which can be described as a work of art in its own right, will be erected on the roundabout in the centre of the traffic-light-controlled intersection on Porscheplatz. The aim is to achieve a visual link with the Porsche Museum by creating an interesting and living scenic impression.

The sculpture is to stand around 24m high, measuring about 10m around its base. It consists of three steles, each of which has a Porsche 911 perched on its top. The cars stem from various model years to document the history of the iconic car, which has rolled off the Stuttgart production lines for the past 50 years. The roundabout’s existing white gravel surface is to be removed, and grassed over.

The position of the work of art does not contravene any existing traffic regulations or disturb the existing infrastructure, and work is to be performed during the 2015 summer holidays. Porsche is currently working with the City of Stuttgart to provide the general preconditions relating to planning law, with a view to having the sculpture inaugurated in an official ceremony in autumn next year.

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.