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Dan Neil drives the first Porsche at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance.

This summer I've had a chance to bookend Porsche by driving the very first Porsche -- the Gmund Porsche 356-001 (so called because it was fettled in Gmund, Austria, in 1948, during the company's brief hegira from Stuttgart). -- Dan Neil Axel Koester