The German carmakers have nothing but love for each other.
You wouldn’t expect to see a Porsche on display at a rival car company’s museum. But tucked away in the Mercedes-Benz Museum located in Stuttgart, Germany, is this vintage Porsche 550 Spyder surrounded by classic Mercedes Silver Arrows. Why? Because "good friends are always welcome,” according to Mercedes.
The classic Porsche is being displayed as a special gesture to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Porsche Museum. All Porsche employees can even get free admission to the Mercedes-Benz Museum from January 31 until 10 February 2019.
"We send our sincere congratulations to the Porsche Museum and hope our museum ally continues to be as successful as it has been to date,” said Christian Boucke, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. "With the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart boasts no less than two internationally acclaimed automotive museums. One of the vital reasons many visitors from around the globe come to our city to visit both institutions.”
This isn’t the first time the two auto museums have collaborated, as both have been offering discounted rates if you visit both museums since 2016. In fact, the connection between Porsche and Mercedes-Benz dates even further back. After taking the positions of a Technical Director and Managing Director at the Austrian Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG), Ferdinand Porsche was appointed in the company’s executive board after its merger with Benz & Cie. to form the Daimler-Benz AG.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum’s permanent collection features several vehicles from the era dominated by Porsche, including a 1924 Mercedes Targa-Florio racing car, the 1927 Mercedes-Benz 12/55 hp and the Mercedes-Benz Type SS compressor sports car introduced in 1928. Both brands have also competed against each other in historic racing events such as the 1955 Mille Miglia when the Porsche 550 Spyder raced against the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. In the future, Porsche and Mercedes factory teams will also be competing against each other in Formula E.