Cobble Beach Celebrates 75 Years of Porsche

Over the past 75 years, the Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany, has churned out timeless and classic cars — and some of the most rare and exquisitely maintained from that roster will be showcased by Cobble Beach Classics at the 2023 Canadian International AutoShow. 

Cobble Beach Classics is consistently among the most anticipated features of the AutoShow. Presented in partnership with Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance — a show of elegant and rarely seen automobiles, often viewed as art, held each September on the shores of Georgian Bay just north of Owen Sound — this year’s exhibit will offer a unique perspective on three-quarters of a century of Porsche, showcasing 16 historically significant classic Porsche models, headlined by a 1969 Porsche 917 Long Tail Chassis 005.

“With its smooth, flowing lines and distinctive ‘frog eye’ headlights, the Porsche brand is instantly recognizable,” says Rob McLeese, Founder and Show Chair of Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “From the first Porsche that rolled off the assembly line in 1948, it is a car that has made a difference. We are excited to showcase a selection of some of the most popular and rare Porsches ever produced.” 

The 917 Long Tail is a restoration of the 005 car that debuted at the 1,000-kilometre race at Spa on May 11, 1969, where it showed incredible speed to capture the pole in its first race at one of the most historic tracks in the world. The car has since been restored with most of its original parts, and normally calls California home.  The vehicle’s owner, racer and entrepreneur David Seacombe, is an enthusiast of the Porsche brand, and hailing originally from Peterborough, Ont., was very excited to see his classic vehicle showcased on ‘home soil’ taking its place as one of the AutoShow’s true ‘Hero Cars’ of the Show.  

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