Porsche celebrating 60 years of production

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

To celebrate Porsche's 60th anniversary of car production in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the Porsche museum will host a special exhibit. From March 20th to May 9th, visitors can view a series of early production photographs and the first 356 Coupe built in Zuffenhausen.

In 1938, Porsche moved the Design and Construction office from downtown Stuttgart to several new buildings in the District of Zuffenhausen.

With its completion, production of the Volkswagen Beetle started. But then, World War II arrived and destroyed everything.

After the war, Porsche began to build the 356 in Gmad, Austria, but this was a temporary solution. In 1950, the US Military still occupied the plant in Zuffenhausen, and so Porsche rented a production hall from Reutter & Co. GmbH Coachbuilding.

April 6th marks the date that the first Stuttgart-built 356 that rolled off the assembly line. Only 369 cars were made in 1950, but this success was enough to push Porsche to open 'Plant 2' in 1952.

Eight years later, the company opened 'Plant 3'. While the 356 brought growth and prosperity, the 911 enabled Porsche to buy Reutter Coachbuilding in 1964. As of today, more than one million Porsches have been built in Stuttgart.

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