70 Years of Porsche celebrated at Toronto auto show

Iconic models on display trace the marque’s rich heritage through seven decades

Published: February 18, 2018, 4:35 AM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:03 PM

Porsche 912 - 70 Years of Porsche at the Canadian International Auto Show

TORONTO, ON – Porsche is celebrating 70 years of building iconic sports cars and racing machines and is kicking off its global anniversary party with a display of five celebrated models in a special exhibit at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow.

Show-goers can stroll through seven decades of the German sports car builder’s history as they view these classic machines, each of which played a significant role in the development of a brand that has become synonymous with innovation and performance on the road, as well as the race track.

“The display communicates the technical excellence integrated into the historical portfolio and how the brand is taking measured steps to ensure that Porsche continues to fascinate, even beyond another 70 years,” said Achim Stejskai, director the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, who was on hand to open the exhibit.

“We will be celebrating 70 years of the Porsche sports car throughout the year across the globe and we are thrilled that we have the display available here at the Canadian International AutoShow.”

The display, located on Level One of the North Metro Toronto Convention Centre (right across the hallway from the Auto Exotica feature), includes Porsches from multiple generations, starting with the first production car (the 356), introduced in 1948, and progressing to the hybrid 918 Spyder hypercar, which made its debut in 2013. There’s even a peek into the future with a scale model version of the Mission E concept.

The five cars featured in the “70 Years of Porsche” display are:

356: The first production Porsche rolled off the line in 1948, 17 years after Ferdinand Porsche founded the company. The 356 pioneered the aerodynamic, rear-engine design that enthusiasts around the globe continue to revere. Light and fast, the 356 made its mark with agile handling and a level of comfort unheard of in sports cars at the time.

912: Introduced in 1963, the 911 has become the holy grail of sports cars, but it was actually the 912, an entry-level alternative to the 911, that secured the Porsche brand’s early success. In production from 1965 to 1969, and again from 1975-76, the four-cylinder 912 significantly outsold the 911 during its first years on the market.

 911 (930) Turbo: In the late 1960s, Porsche started developing turbocharging technology for its race cars. However, before it could apply that technology at a race track, the company had to roll out a production model to comply with racing’s homologation regulations. To comply with those rules, it created the 911 (930) Turbo. With a top speed of 246 km/h, the first turbocharged 911 was the fastest production car in Germany. Susceptible to both turbo lag and oversteer, it became notorious for its white-knuckle driving dynamics.

Carrera GT: Even today, the performance capability of the Carrera GT commands great praise and respect. It’s 5.7-litre V-10 engine was originally developed for a Le Mans prototype car, but when that project was abandoned, the V-10 was shelved until it resurfaced in the Carrera GT, which went into production in 2004. With a monstrous 605-horsepower output, it could launch this roadster from a standstill to 100 km/h in less than four seconds, while emitting an exhaust note that wailed like a race car.

918 Spyder: The mid-engine 918 Spyder embodies the purest essence of the Porsche brand. It’s a technological marvel that’s highly efficient and relentlessly powerful. Its naturally-aspirated, 4.6-litre V-8 works in harmony with two electric motors to produce a total of 887 horsepower, earning the 918 its reputation as the world’s first hybrid hypercar. In September 2013, it became the first street-legal series production car to shatter the seven-minute barrier on the Nürburgring “Green Hell” Nordschleife.

The “70 Years of Porsche” exhibit continues throughout the 10-day run of the Canadian International Auto Show, which concludes Feb. 25. For more information regarding show hours, admission pricing and ticket packages, visit the Auto Show’s website (