The Porsche Museum’s hidden warehouse has quite a few mules and concepts that were either kept secret for decades, or simply forgotten by most after they left some car show’s floor in the nineties. With that in mind and after publishing 121 photos to demonstrate the pure scale of this unique collection, it’s time to take a closer look at the weirdest and the most wonderful.
Porsche 932 Panamera II Study By Italdesign, 1991.
Porsche 989 Concept, 1989.
Engineered by Dr. Ulrich Bez, the 989 looked like a stretched 911, and was supposed to be powered by the brand’s new front-mounted V8. The recipe included 300 horsepower, plenty of comfort, and superior handling to the BMWs and AMGs of the period. However, once Porsche ran out of money following the recession in the early nineties, the project got cancelled in 1992. This is the sole surviving example.
Porsche 911 Panamericana Concept, 1989.
Porsche 984, the “Junior” from 1987.
Called the Porsche Junior, the upgraded concept was supposed to pair all-wheel drive with an air-cooled flat-four and a five-speed manual. Later on, the AWD idea was dropped, but the 984 retained an interesting folding hardtop design that was similar to the one that eventually made it into production on the limited-edition Ferrari Superamerica in 2005. Meanwhile, the Junior’s multilink rear axle designed by Georg Wahl returned in the Porsche 993, the first water-cooled 911. The Porsche Boxster was introduced in late 1996.
Porsche 996, with a bulletproof windshield.
After witnessing what we must assume had to be a considerable demand, Porsche went into great length to prove that despite the added 400 lbs. sky high, a 996 could handle just like a 911 should, providing a clear view through glass that was ready for a mild ambush. This concept remained a one-off. Or so they say.
Porsche Cayenne Convertible Design Study
The CGT 918 Spyder Mule
918 mules like this are well known to car enthusiasts with access to the internet, but they will never stop to amaze me. And nor does the finished product, something the warehouse also has in great numbers.