Auto Assembly Lines: The Original Factory Porn

 Porsche 911s. 

Porsche 911s. 

I started digging around for old Porsche factory pics after seeing this great old picture of the Stuttgart facility and quickly went down a deep, deep rabbit hole of vintage auto manufacturing greatness. 

 Porsche during the 50s?

Porsche during the 50s?

In the process it occurred to me that car factory photos are sort of the original factory photos tours, ones like I love to show on this blog. Factory images have been used to sell cars and tell the stories of brands for a long long time, which makes sense. The assembly process at places like Porsche have long represented the best of engineering and design technologies.

This video from the 60s explores the creation of the Porsche 356. 

Watch Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 for the whole story. 

Then there are these photos from the late 60s and early 70s including shots of the 914s, and 911. And of course there’s tons of more recent footage like this clip from 2013 of the Carrera production line. 

And the good people of Porsche have even posted an online factory tour on their site here.

It seems, car companies used to show off their assembly lines and factories much more than they do now. A cranking assembly line, whether it was Porsche or Ford, represented the most cutting edge technology and also showed lots of busy workers.

 Ford assembly line. 

Ford assembly line. 

Maybe that's not the case so much anymore but it’s also just awesome to see something like a 911 or a Thunderbird come together one piece at a time.