After three years of restoration, the Porsche Museum finally presented one of the newest additions to its collection and that becomes the 911 older than it owns. The vehicle will be the protagonist of a special exhibition until April 8, 2018 with the name "911 (901 No. 57): A legend takes off."
This red coupe was manufactured in October 1964 as one of the first series production units of this sports car, known then as 901. Almost 50 years later, the Porsche Museum found this unique car and decided to buy it with a view to restoring it to its original condition.
Initially, Porsche developed and introduced the successor to the 356 under the designation 901. However, only a few weeks after production began, In the fall of 1964, the new coupe had to be renamed due to litigation and has since been called 911. All customer vehicles produced up to that point were built as 901s, but were sold as 911s. The official Porsche collection has lacked one of these unique units for 50 years.
In 2014, while evaluating a long-forgotten collection of objects in a barn, a German television crew from a show about antiques and memorabilia came across two 911s from the 300.057s. After inquiries with the Porsche Museum, it was discovered that one of the two sports cars, with chassis number 911, was one of those special units made before the vehicle was renamed. The Porsche Museum decided to buy both XNUMXs, at the price set by an independent expert, and thus fill one of the key gaps in its important collection of classics produced by the brand.
One of the crucial points that led to the purchase of the vehicle was the fact that the 911 had not been restored, which gave the museum specialists the opportunity to remake the car in the most authentic and close to the original. The work has taken three years to return this rusty sports car to its original condition, using genuine body parts from that time that were taken from other vehicles. The engine, transmission, electrical components and interior were repaired following the same principles. The general rule was to keep pieces and fragments where possible, rather than replace them. These complex restoration methods, commonly used by the Porsche Museum, are precisely why it took so long to bring this historic sports car back to life.