The First Porsche 911

February 26, 2021

Petersen Automotive Museum Chief Historian Leslie Kendall recently took viewers on a virtual tour of the 1964 Porsche 901.

First debuted in September 1963 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the 901 would later be renamed the 911 after a legal dispute with Peugeot, claiming the worldwide trademark rights to all three-digital car model designations with a “0” as the middle number. Advanced in comparison to the Volkswagen-derived Porsche 356 engine, the newly designed Porsche 901/911 power unit was a two-liter, air-cooled flat-six that produced 130 horsepower.

Over several years, this remarkable 901 coupe has been restored to prize-winning condition and represents one of the pivotal moments in Porsche’s history.

Watch the tour in the video above.