Staff, 2022-12-27 10:00:00,
Porsches storied history commenced in 1948 with the introduction of the Type 356, but the planning phase for Porsche cars began much earlier, in 1930, in the office of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. Even though Porsche had ostentatious plans for his car, it is hard to imagine that he could have envisaged the success that Porsche has achieved over the course of its 70-plus-year history.
In 1963 Porsche first showcased the 901 to the automotive world at the IAA in Frankfurt, and it was designed to be a direct replacement for the Porsche 356. Production of the 901 commenced in September 1964, but when Porsche presented it at the Paris Motorshow a month later, Peugeot objected to the model designation as they had patented a three-digit type designation which happened to have a zero in the middle.
The oldest known 901 in existence is simply called the number 20. A 901 number 57 was located in recent years, and Porsche restored it to its original glory, and it now sits proudly in the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany, and is undoubtedly worth a visit.
Porsche, therefore, had no choice but to rename the 901 to 911, a name every one, car enthusiasts or not are familiar with today. However, eighty-four 901s were produced and purchased before the name was officially changed. While they are very rare to find, if you are a gearhead and have a garage for just one classic car, let it be the Porsche 901.
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