Photo: Porsche Museum

Front-engine, rear-wheel drive transaxles are the best layouts since mid-mounted transverse V12s, and the wonderful Porsche Museum pays tribute to that with a temporary exhibition starting tomorrow. It’s time to head towards Stuttgart to look at their rarest front-engined models.

Porsche underwent a bit of a revolution in 1976, the year it introduced the Type 924.


While the front-engined cars with their gearboxes pushed to the rear had superior balance and therefore handled better, hardcore Porsche fans were stunned by the fact that their beloved brand is making cars now which worked more like an Alfa Romeo GTV – at least in layout – than a trusty old Beetle.

But Porsche wanted to make cheaper cars in higher volumes, so the light and nimble 924 was followed by the 928s, 944s and 968s, all the way until production came to an end in 1995.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of these models, the Porsche Museum is showing 23 rare cars from “The Transaxle Era,” with over half of them being exhibited there for the first time ever.

944, 1981. Oh yeah! Photo: Porsche Museum

One of those will be 1979's 924 Turbo Targa prototype, which never went into production but inspired the development of the 944 cabriolet.

Photo: Porsche Museum

Oh boy, the things Alex Roy would do to get his hands on that!

I know most of you won’t be able to make it to Stuttgart for this, but the few who can should check out the further exhibits as well, including:

The Porsche 924, model year 1980. This image is from the original catalogue. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche 924 Turbo, model year 1981. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche Type 928 Coupé (left) and Type 928 S Coupé (right), model year 1982. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche 944 Turbo Coupé, model year 1986. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche 944 Coupé, model year 1989. Photo: Porsche Museum
The 968 CS, model year 1993. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche Type 968 Convertible, model year 1994. Photo: Porsche Museum
The Porsche Type 928 GTS Coupé, model year 1995. Photo: Porsche Museum
And the last 968 ever built. Photo: Porsche Museum

That blue never gets old.

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