• Apr 21, 2009
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The day before the public unveiling of the Porsche Panamera at the Shanghai Motor Show, journalists were invited to the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center in China to catch a glimpse of Stuttgart's first four-door sedan. Providing further proof that both the Germans and Chinese are a persistent bunch, a team of workers proceeded to strap the Panamera onto a special pallet, tipped it on its tail and wedged the dark silver metallic sedan into the freight elevator to make the 1,394-foot trek up the world's third-largest building. The pictures tell the tale better than we can, so check them out in the gallery below, along with more live shots of the Panamera straight from Shanghai.





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Back in the day. Those of us in the computer industry in the 50's to 80's hauled a lot of huge main-frame computers way up in tall buildings suspended under elevators. It was all in a days work. This is not a BIG DEAL, many were larger and heavier than that mud-puppy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't stop laughing... it's like, "Oh no, we need to get it to the 94th floor. Let's shove it in an elevator!"

      And then the guy in the 5th picture is like, "Nothing to see here. Move along, people."

      This made my day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and how else you're gonna get it up there?
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol yup, dude at the end made my day too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @CapriSkye - the better question is, "Why?"
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Derek - Because its awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You would think they would've at least wrapped it in something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they dropped it off the 94th floor afterwards and yelled "JUST KIDDING! You really think we'd sell such ugly crap?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Hold the door! HOLD THE DOOR!"

      /sorry, i couldn't resist
      tpfilm
      • 5 Years Ago
      Overheard on the 1st floor after the elevator doors closed:

      Ying: "whew, that was tough. Did you drain the gas tank?"
      Yang: "thought you did?"
      Ying: "no. Should we tell someone?"
      Yang: "and loose this cushy job? No."
      Ying: "hungry?"
      Yang: "want some American?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stuttgart's first four-door sedan.

      Mercedes is also located in Stuttgart so this is not the first four-door sedan from Stuttgart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Zhang ran out of his office door, knowing that he had to get the TPS report down to the 40th floor in only a few minutes. Millions of dollars hung in the balance as he rounded the corner and frightened coworkers jumped back, dropping their briefcases and folders.

      Zhang rounded another corner, finding the elevator bay clogged with workers waiting to descend to the cafeteria on the 62nd floor - it was lunch time, after all. A single elevator door opened and about twenty people crammed in. Zhang began to panic and considered pushing his way through to get the next lift, but there were at least a hundred people standing shoulder to shoulder in the small space.

      It suddenly dawned on him to take the freight elevator, not fifty feet from here. Zhang promptly turned around and sprinted down the corridor, dodging and weaving through the flow of lunch-bound suits. He turned a corner, barged shoulder-first through the door into the service corridors, and made a bee-line for the elevator.

      He stopped himself with an open palm slamming against the call button and looked up a the simple digital display over the scratched metal door - 82 - just two floors down. The next several seconds seemed like an eternity as he tapped his foot nervously against the hard concrete floor. The elevator noisily groaned to a stop behind the door and chimed. It took a moment for the door to part, but the sight inside left Zhang speechless.

      He dropped his briefcase in disbelief, it opened when it hit the floor, spilling paper all around. The entire elevator was filled, not with people or supplies for the upper floors. No, it held a car, tilted up on its rear. Zhang leaned forward and looked up, seeing the front end of the shiny gray sedan pointing up into the elevator shaft, the ceiling of the lift removed to make room. He looked down over the sleek lines and his eyes came to rest on the name enscribed on the boot lid. He blinked several times and quietly uttered, "Porsche?"

      The elevator chimed again and the door closed.

      :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        RING RING RING

        Sung: "Sung's Special Elevator Pallets, this is Sung speaking, how can I help you!'

        Meng: "I've got an emergency, you've got to help me. I need to get a Porsche Panamera to the 94th floor of the SWFC in twenty minutes!"

        Sung: "That's a tough one buddy, that car just came out. I don't know if I have any at this location, I might have to call my wharehouse in Wuhan.

        Meng: "Please tell me you do, you're the fourth special elevator pallet shop I've called.

        Sung: "Okay, buddy hang on a sec.." "Well waddayaknow. This must be your lucky day, my computer says I've got one in stock, it was supposed to be my display model, but...

        Meng: "Please, I'll pay extra, I need it right away."

        Sung: "All right, all right. I'll have it sent over to you. Just need a credit card number."
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Derek

        Amazing. Thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Liftl it up with a steel cable. Make good use of the optional trail hitch ;~)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if the car being at that angle causes damage. You know, with all the fluids and whatnot.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kinda wondering that myself... Though I'm pretty sure they fully drained all the fluids.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remember all those Mazdas a couple years ago that had to be scrapped because the ship they were transported on listed heavily to the side?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe the guy in picture 5 isn't gawking at the car in the elevator. He's so obedient to just stand there. I'd be like "Hey let me go get my camera" and be checking it out and texting people pictures... lol


      And the reply is "That's why you're American and he's Chinese"... right? ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, at first I thought it was Rosie O'donnell. I just looked at that ugly fat butt before I read the headline.

      Either way, I would've tossed it off the top.
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