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 replacement for the Porsche 356, the company’s first model. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show (German: Internationale Automobil-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 mockup 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 carried on the prefix 901 for years.
This early Porsche 911 was found some years ago in the US and purchased and imported as a restoration project by the now vendor. Realizing the importance of the car, a full restoration began with the aim to bring it back to the same condition it was when it had left the factory some 50 years ago. As 303509 still had all the important components like a matching numbers engine and gearbox, any missing parts were ordered from Porsche specialists. A photographic documentation of this restoration can be viewed.
When finished recently, well over €100.000 were spent on labour and parts substantiated by available invoices. Today the car is superbly finished in its correct original Aga – blue paintwork and black leatherette and pepita interior.
It comes with EU papers and a Porsche certificate. It is arguably one of the best and most original of these highly sought after early 911’s. This is one of the finest we have seen in recent years.