The 911 traces its roots to sketches drawn by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in 1959. The Porsche 911 was developed as a more powerful, larger, more comfortable re- placement for the Porsche 356, the company’s first model. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show (German: Internationale Auto- mobil-Ausstellung).] The car was developed with the proof-of-concept twin-fan Type 745 engine, and the car presented at the auto show had a non-operational mock-up of the production single-fan 901 engine, receiving a working one in February 1964.
It originally was designated as the “Porsche 901” (901 being its internal project number). 82 cars were built as 901s. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911. Internally, the cars’ part numbers car- ried on the prefix 901 for years.
This breathtaking very early 911 was delivered in June 1965, and more recently has been the subject of a painstaking restoration by award-winning 356 and 911 restorer Sportwagen of England.
The 911 was taken back to its factory specification, documented by a photo- graphic record and file of invoices. Needless to say the cost of this level of work was high – the invoices totalled 165,000 in all.
This exceptionally well restored Porsche is offered in virtually as new condition, and offered with a UK MoT certificate and UK V5 document.