Porsche exhibit opens at NC Museum of Art

October 11, 2013 • Entertainment

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, details of the hood of a 1964 Porsche Type 356C Carrera 2 Couple is seen in the Porsche By Design Seducing Speed exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Curator Ken Gross had his first encounter with Porsches in college, when the cool guys were driving Super 90 Coupes. His old Ford, which was fine for attracting girls in high school, didn’t compare.

“I lusted after that car,” Gross says. “A friend let me drive his, and it was kind of an epiphany for me.”

He bought a 1961 Super 90 Coupe after graduate school in 1966, then sold it before he went to Vietnam in the U.S. Navy. Although he hasn’t owned another one since, he has found a job that makes for a fine consolation prize — curating museum shows that include Porsches, such as the one that opens Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art.

This show is different from other car exhibits that Gross has curated because it’s the first one he’s done that focuses only on Porsches. The show has 22 of the German-made cars, starting with a 1938 Type 64 Berlin-Rom Racer and including actor Steve McQueen’s 1958 Speedster, Login to read more

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