What’s a Porsche 550 Spyder doing in the Mercedes-Benz Museum?

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What is the reason a Porsche 550 Spyder can be seen in the Mercedes museum? The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart celebrates its tenth anniversary and the presence of the alien car is a token of congratulation from the Mercedes museum, located in the same city.

Stuttgart has two reasons to be proud through two prestigious automotive brands: Porsche and Mercedes. Both rivals, but also sisters, with separate museums that enrich the city. For this reason, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Porsche Museum, the Mercedes equivalent now holds a copy of the Porsche 550 Spyder, surrounded by the Silver Arrows. The Porsche 550 Spyder has raced against the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR at Mille Miglia 1955.

As Mercedes puts it: “Good friends are always welcome.” Who would have thought: the German brands can also play together. Thus, one of the most iconic models of Porsche rubs shoulders with some of the most prestigious Silver Arrows in history, without clashing. A strange element, but the result of collaboration between two neighboring brands.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum’s permanent collection features several vehicles from the era dominated by Porsche. These include the 1924 Mercedes Targa-Florio racing car (Myth 7 room), the 1927 Mercedes-Benz 12/55 hp (Collection 1 room) and the Mercedes-Benz Type SS compressor sports car introduced in 1928 (Myth 3 room).

In addition, the Mercedes Museum also offers all Porsche employees free admission for ten days, between January 31 and February 10, only with the presentation of their personnel identification. Both institutions have been collaborating for years with special discounts of 25% for the visit of the two museums, while Mercedes and Porsche share a link that goes back more than a century. Before establishing his own company, Ferdinand Porsche worked at Austrian Daimler -DMG – as technical director since 1906, and even became a member of the Board in 1926 (after the merger with Benz & Cie. to form Daimler-Benz AG) and helped develop several Mercedes models, such as the Mercedes-Benz racing car Targa Florio 1924 and the Sports SS type of 1928.