911 (901) No. 57
Porsche has now expanded its collection to include the oldest 911: the Porsche 911 (901) no. 57. The red coupé was built in October 1964 as one of the first production versions of the sports car, still with the type designation 901. Almost exactly 50 years later, the Porsche Museum bought back the rarity – which had been discovered by chance – and returned it to its original condition.
Restoration before replacement: time-intensive restoration using genuine parts
One of the factors in the decision to buy the early 911 was its unrestored condition. This gave the museum’s specialists the chance to rebuild the sports car as authentically and as close to its original condition as possible. It took three years to restore the sports car – large parts of which had been eaten away by rust – to its original condition using genuine components from the time the vehicle was built. The engine, transmission, electrical system and interior fittings were repaired according to the same principle. The process was guided by the rule of preserving parts and fragments instead of replacing them. This complex restoration method – which the Porsche Museum applies to all its work in general – is the reason why it took so long to bring this historically important classic sports car back to life.