Porsche 901 : 1964

82 built.
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The Porsche 901 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September of 1964. It was halted after only 82 units were built.

(On the 27th of October in 1964, the first model with the type designation 911 was delivered) because of a trademark-infringement protest from Peugeot.

porsche 901 litho

Porsche 901 lithograph by Robert Arthur Cadaret. (available for purchase at RAC Distributing)

French car maker Peugeot objected to Porsche using any three digit number where the middle number was 0, having already sold many models with that scheme, and owning the naming rights.

So, Porsche simply replaced the middle 0 with a 1, and called the new car Porsche 911 before the first cars were delivered.

porsche 901 65

1965 Porsche 901. (source: Butzi)


At the time of this posting, this beautiful example was found for sale in the Netherlands on FineCars.

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Porsche 901.

Porsche 901/ 911 Coupe, year December 1964. Colour ivory white (colour code 6404) with a black interior (seats with black and white block motif). This scarce Porsche 901/ 911 was fully professionally restored in Germany. The work was carried out to exact factory specifications. This Porsche 901/ 911 is in concourse condition. Since restoration the car drove only 2148 kilometres (1342 miles).

This Porsche 901/911 is one of the few surviving, scarce, 901/911 models which were built by Porsche until the end of 1964, a total of 232 cars of 901 specification have been built. (according to AutoWeek, the number is 82)

This car is chassis number 300156 dated december 1964. This first production series runs from chassis number 300001 up to 300232 (September 1964 until the end of 1964).

Because car manufacturer Peugeot of France claims numbers with a "zero" in the middle Porsche was forced to reconsider the type number. At the start of production in September 14, 1964 the 901 models featured no famous 911 type number on the bonnet.

Owners and dealers added the batch to the 901 cars later. This first 901/ 911 series differs on several important details from the later models which were built from 1965.

This Porsche 901/ 911 is a scarce collector item, suitable to compete in (inter-)national concourse competitions. At the same time it is a marvelous driver, a car to enjoy on the open road.

porsche 901 model

Porsche 901 model by CMC, available at Toronto Motorsports.

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