In honor of its newest model, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart just unveiled its 911 Identity exhibit, a major retrospective of all seven generations of the legendary Porsche 911, its lineage and cultural significance.

 A major exhibit of all seven generations of the famed Porsche 911

Which are of course considerable.

In addition to production cars, the exhibit, which runs through May 20, features rare race cars based on the 911 platform, such as the ridiculously beautiful 1972-73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Safari” (above) and the high-tech Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

Examples of 911s through the years; click to enlarge

Since the first very first 911 was unveiled in 1963, more than 700,000 models have journeyed from the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to customers around the globe.

We’ve driven everything from a 1968 “Steve McQueen” model to a new GTS Cabriolet

Here at DRIVEN, we’ve had the pleasure of piloting everything from a 1968 “Steve McQueen” model to a new GTS Cabriolet.

When we get our gloves on the 2012 Carrera, you’ll be the first to know.

Meanwhile, enjoy this preview of the 911 Identity show.

And remember, look but don’t drool…

In addition to unique technical cutaway models from Weissach, visitors get to see one of the new 911 generation test models; click to enlarge