The Motorious beta is now available to all users.  Learn more about what this means.

Porsche Collection Destroyed in Explosion

By Tyler Heatley Apr 11, 2019
Shop Sports
By Tyler Heatley Apr 11, 2019
15 people injured and one dead after a gas explosion at a Durham Porsche collection

A large explosion rocked Durham, North Carolina on 10 April 2019, something that sadly claimed the life of one individual and injured 15. The cause of the accident on N. Duke Street is reported to be gas related, which would certainly explain the destruction. The building itself also contained one of America’s largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer.

The Ingram Collection consisted of some incredibly rare Porsche sports cars, including a 2.7 RS, numerous 356s, a Carrera GT, 959, and the latest Porsche 918 Spyder. It is said that the third oldest Porsche 356 in existence also fell victim to the destruction.


The rather unassuming red brick building didn’t boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage.

Fire and flames have done their damage, as well as causing a large section of the roof to collapse. However, there might be some hope of salvaging the vehicles at the most extreme ends of the building.

Bob Ingram, a retired pharmaceuticals executive, and his wife reportedly started the collection in 1998 after a visit to the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Since then, the pair had accumulated quite the number of classic cars. The explosion has therefore damaged the existing number of historic Porsches.


The images and video paint a dramatic picture of the destructive event that took place at 10am yesterday. First responders were quickly on the scene to get the fire under control and tend to the injured. 

While it is a great shame that many classic Porsche’s were destroyed, the human cost is far greater. Our thoughts are with the 15 currently in hospital, and the family and friends of the person who tragically lost their life.

More on Porsche

'Urban Outlaw' Magnus Walker United With Dream Porsche 930
Inside The Iconic Porsche Museum Stuttgart

Source: Charlotte Observer

Related articles

Fancy A Taste Of Your Magnum PI Fantasties? Buy This Ferrari!

This rare 308 GTS Quattrovalvole is concours and sports the sought after European specification Although most collec...
By Max Holder Apr 21, 2019

Is The 300ZX The Perfect Introduction To Iconic JDM Ownership?

Can’t afford a full fat 90’s JDM icon? Look no further than this original Z31 3 liter V6 During the 1960s, Nissan ve...
By Max Holder Apr 21, 2019

How To Get Two Amphicars For The Price Of One!

A solid 1960s Amphicar can command over $125k. Here's two healthy examples coming in at far less. Hybrids are all th...
By Calum Brown Apr 19, 2019

Fear No Trails With These Off-Roaders

Check these off-road vehicles out! Dan Kruse Classics brings us not one but two legendary off-roaders to take on you...
By Steven Symes Apr 19, 2019
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard