If you have even a passing interest in Porsches and are headed to L.A. before January of 2019, be sure to put the Petersen Automotive Museum and its new exhibit “The Porsche Effect” on your must-do list.
The museum has collected 50 of the most notable Porsche cars from the last seventy years, spanning the whole of the German carmaker’s run—from concepts to race-winning prototypes to the showroom model your rich uncle should have held onto. The cars on display were pulled from private owners, the Petersen’s own deep collection of Porsches, and the manufacturer itself, and represent what the exhibit’s organizers are calling “the most comprehensive Porsche display outside of Stuttgart.” (That’s the city in Germany where the brand is based, for all you non-Porschephiles.)
Once “The Porsche Effect” has given you a taste on the carmaker’s speedy, stylish heritage, you can drive over to the recently opened Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, located near LAX, where you can actually drive new Porsche models on a track. The next step in your journey will be to start wearing white sneakers a la Seinfeld, the most famous Porschephile there is. But back to the exhibit. Every one of the cars is a standout, but here are nine of the most notable cars you’ll see.