Porsche Museum specialists spend 3 years to restore the oldest 911 model
After three months of restoration, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany is about to present one of the newest additions to its collection, the oldest 911 (901 No. 57) that it holds.
The car’s special exhibition began last December 14, and will run until April 28, 2018.
In October 1964, Porsche has built a red coupe and became one of the first series-production models of the sports car known back then as the 901. Fifty years later, Porsche Museum found this rare item and decided to buy it with a view of restoring it back to its original state.
Porsche originally developed and presented the successor to the 356 under the type designation 901. However, just a few weeks after starting production in the autumn of 1964, the coupé had to be renamed due to a trademark dispute, and from then on bore the name 911. All of the customer vehicles produced up to that point were manufactured as 901 vehicles, but sold as 911 vehicles. The Porsche factory collection had lacked one of these rarities for 50 years.
In 2014, while valuing a collection of items long forgotten about in a barn, a German TV crew working on an antiques and memorabilia programme stumbled across two 911 models dating back to the 1960s. After making enquiries with the Porsche Museum, it emerged that one of the two sports cars with the chassis number 300.057 was one of the rare models built before the model line was renamed. The Porsche Museum decided to buy both 911 models at the estimated price determined by an independent expert, and in doing so closed one key gap in its collection of significant classic cars produced by the Porsche brand.
One of the crucial factors in purchasing the vehicle was the unrestored old 911, which gave the specialists of the Porsche Museum an opportunity to authentically restore the sports car, and as true to the original as possible. To achieve this, the specialists took a total of three years to restore the very rusty 911, and got its genuine body parts from the time taken from a different vehicle.
The engine, transmission, electrics and interior were all repaired following the same principle. The general rule was to retain parts and fragments where possible rather than replace them. These intricate restoration methods used by the Porsche Museum as the standard approach are precisely the reason why it took so long to bring this highly historically significant sports car back to life.