Born in Sheffield, England in 1967 before later immigrating to Los Angeles, Magnus Walker is an icon in the Porsche tuning space. After founding a successful counter-culture clothing brand, Walker amassed a fortune that’s ultimately allowed him to amass a world-class collection of largely modified vintage Porsche models — ten of his favorite of which are currently on display at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum.
Held to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Urban Outlaw — a short award-winning documentary directed by Tamir Moscovici that tells Walker’s “rags-to-racers” tale — the exhibition features a 1965 Porsche 911 that was originally delivered new to Brumos Porsche, in Jacksonville, Florida and is believed to be one of the first 911s ever to hit U.S. shores, as well as a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo that bares the VIN No. 15 and is reportedly the first Turbo-spec 911 ever sold in America. Alongside Walker’s 2004 Porsche 996 GT3, 1995 Porsche 993 RS, and 1990 Porsche 964, this exhibition also includes his ultra-rare, 1-of-406 1980 Porsche 924 Carrera GT, Magnus’ 204-hp 1978 Porsche 911 Super Carrera Hot Rod, a SEMA-shown 1973 Porsche 914 art car that wears portions of the Japanese flag and the Union Jack, and a 1967 Porsche 911 (S) “SRT” that sports custom louvered fenders — and was Walker’s first project to sport this style of louvered bodywork.
While all ten cars that comprise the exhibition are undeniably special, the specimen most cherished by Walker is undoubtedly his 1971 Porsche 911 T known simply as car “277.” Described by Walker as “fitting him like an old shoe or pair of jeans,” the ’71 specimen is the Porsche that Magnus has used for the majority of his track days and spirited drives through the hills and canyons. Brimming with character and boasting a slew of scars and patina, car 277 is powered by a hot rod-built 2.8-liter twin-plug engine and features Weltmeister adjustable sway bars and 22mm and 28mm torsion bars.
Held in the building’s legendary Vault, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Urban Outlaw Exhibition is currently open and will run until Tuesday, January 31st.