The Porsche 911 traces its roots back to sketches drawn by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in 1959. It was developed as a more powerful, larger and more comfortable brother of Porsche’s first model, the 356. The second generation of the Porsche family went to work on the challenge of improving upon the much-loved 356 series cars. Ferdinand Porsche went to work on the chassis and body, while his cousin Ferdinand Piech developed the larger six-cylinder engine. With a slightly longer wheelbase and aerodynamic body shape, the new generation Porsche was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963 as the Porsche 901. However, Peugeot raised objections to the new name, claiming rights to all three-digit car names with a zero in the middle. With a simple change of a number, the fabled “911” was born.
Production of the new Porsche began in September 1964. Of the first 232 cars built in 1964, the first 82 received the 901 designation. The other 150 were labeled as 911s, though the 901 nomenclature continued to be used for internal parts designation for years thereafter. Currently only 45 of the ’64 901/911s are known to exist, making the first year of the iconic Porsche very rare indeed.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
128 hp, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 87"
Source: RM Auctions
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