Photos: Porsche through the years

Photos: Porsche through the years

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - JULY 11: Porsche shooting on July 11, 2013 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Porsche)

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by MARTHA WAGGONER

Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 20, 2014.

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