The Biggest Automotive Archive In The World Is Full Of Race Cars

If you like old Porsches and the history of the 20th century, try to become friends with a chap called Dieter Landenberger. You can also ask him about the Porsche Museum’s latest project, the restoration of the 1980 Porsche 924 GTP Le Mans racer.


Porsche’s famous museum keeps around 100 cars on display at all times, but a few streets from there, they also have a “secret” warehouse with more than 300 prototypes, time capsules and other historic vehicles. In fact, why don’t you take a peek inside? They even have an Audi!

Backing up that collection is the world’s largest automotive archive, which contains “two kilometers” of files, five million photographs and over 5,000 hours of audio and video footage.

The latest roll of film they had to dig up is from 1980, showing three special 924s racing against the best at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Can’t wait to see this do its parade laps or runs up the hill at Goodwood.

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Máté Petrány

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