New Magnus Walker exhibition opens at Petersen Museum in LA

New Magnus Walker exhibition opens at Petersen Museum in LA

Ten years ago, the award-winning documentary Urban Outlaw was released, detailing Magnus Walker’s journey from his upbringing in Sheffield, England, to his life in Los Angeles as founder of alternative fashion label, Serious, and his subsequent career in real estate, investor cars and film-making. To mark the anniversary, the Petersen Automotive Museum has launched a new exhibition in its Legends of the Vault gallery, playing host to ten of Walker’s Porsche Outlaw builds, as well as a selection of his personal memorabilia, such as a pair of his co-designed Nike SB dunks, various Hot Wheels models and examples of his signature Fifteen52 alloys. The exhibition runs from 15th October through to 31st January. Which ten cars are on display?


We hear you cry. Chief among the air-cooled cars in attendance is Walker’s 1965 short-wheelbase two-litre 911, verified as the 310th 911 manufactured. Originally delivered to the famous Brumos Porsche shop in Jacksonville, the car now runs a sport-purpose-built engine, a 901 five-speed transmission, early leather Schell bucket seats, fifteen-inch Fuchs and livery in silver, burgundy, grey and gold.


New Magnus Walker exhibition opens at Petersen Museum in LA

Walker’s 1976 930 also makes an appearance. This is the first 911 Turbo sold in the USA, as documented by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Cars numbered eleven to fourteen were press demonstrators, whereas this one (fifteen) is a life-long LA car originally delivered to Bob Smith Porsche in Hollywood and rumoured to have been ordered by actor, Robert Redford, who never took delivery. Porsche specialist, Marty Mehterian, worked on the silver stunner for thirty years prior to Walker’s ownership. It’s the type of 911 driven hard and put away wet. It’s been resprayed a few times, he reveals. Used, but definitely not abused.


PORSCHE SWAP SHOP

The most famous of Walker’s Porsches, 277, started life as a gold 1971 911 T before he took ownership at the Pomona Swap Meet in 1999 and transformed the car into his signature road racer. The tri-coloured 911 is now powered by a 2.8-litre twin-plug flat-six mated to a 915 transmission and rolls on staggered fifteen-inch Fifteen52 Outlaw wheels.

Completed in 2015, Walker’s 1990 964 is his most performance oriented build to date. The goal here was not to backdate or wide-body the 964 chassis. Instead, the car gained design cues from the 356 and the 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird… This 911 maintains its narrow-bodied silhouette, original bumpers and the majority of its factory sheet metal, but now features louvred wings, a channelled roof and a custom .whale tail… Walker deleted the rain gutter drip rails and added 911 R-inspired integrated turn signals and plexi quarter windows.

Mechanically, the car makes use of a BBI-built 3.8-litre 993 Carrera RS-inspired motor, Brembo race brakes and KW coilovers. Other cars on display are Walker’s 1995 RS-look 993 Carrera, his recently acquired 1980 924 Carrera GT, his 1973 914, 1978 911 SC hot rod, 1967 911 .SRT. and his 2004 996 GT3. For exhibition tickets and to find out more about the Petersen museum, visit petersen.org/outlaw.

THE CAR MAKES USE OF A BBI-BUILT 3.8-LITRE 993 CARRERA RS-INSPIRED MOTOR
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