On April 12, 2008 the car museum PROTOTYP started. In the past 10 years we have accomplished numerous permanent and special exhibitions on automotive topics as well as many successful events. Our review and our news archive offer impressions in addition. There are some interesting events planned for the anniversary year, about which we will inform you soon.
From July 5 to August 5, 2018, the exhibition "A Pioneer of the HafenCity" at the InfoCenter Kesselhaus will offer a visual journey through time. The timeline shows by numerous photos stations of the unique building at Shanghaiallee 7, which started out in 1836 as a walking cane factory, then became a hard rubber company and – after various interim uses – in 2004 was listed as a historic building and in 2008 got refurbished and modernized as the car museum PROTOTYP, representing a valuable element of HafenCity. In addition, visualizations will give a first impression of what the planned augmentation, which is based on historical plans, will look like once completed in 2019. There is no admission fee to the exhibition "A Pioneer of the HafenCity" at the InfoCenter Kesselhaus (Am Sandtorkai 30) and open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
In 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War, this VW 39 was the first of a total of just 14 to leave the Porsche plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and was the only one in its series to be preserved. The VW 39 was designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche as a high-speed variant and was used as a test vehicle by him and his son Ferry Porsche. Temporarily a performance-enhanced type 64 engine, which provided 32 hp instead of the usual 23.5 hp had been installed. Noticeable details are the vertical fold on the now arched bonnet, the concave bumper horns and the improved interior heating. The nameplate identifies this vehicle as a Porsche. New and defining for all subsequent models is the chassis number, which begins with a "1", followed by a hyphen and a five-digit number, which already suggests a series production. After several years of restoration, this unique pretzel beetle is now part of our permanent exhibition.
From 3. January 2018, our "Berlin-Rom-Wagen" will be displayed at the famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. As part of the exhibition “The Porsche Effect” the legendary Porsche will definitely cause some excitement! The Petersen Museum - considered by many as one of the best car museums in the world - shows around 150 exquisite old-timers on an area of approx. 9,300 m². By mid-November 2018, our Porsche Type 64 will be back in Hamburg.
From now on this concept car, which has been built only twice, will be part of our permanent exhibition! First presented in 1972 for the Munich Olympics, it was equally regarded as a design study by BMW chief designer Paul Bracq and a rolling test laboratory for forward-looking technology. Based on the BMW Turbo, the BMW M1 was developed and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. The BMW Turbo, which is a loan of the BMW Group Classic, is expected to be on display here until the end of 2018.
Just arrived and now part of our permanent exhibition: The Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 (mock-up) from 2017, which achievedthe overall victory in the 24 Hours of le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017. We thank Schaeffler Germany for this great loan!