A recent YouTube video posted by Porsche ( click here for video ) reminded me of a fantastic experience I had in Stuttgart in September 2014. On a trip to the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to stumble on a piece of significant Porsche history: the discovery of one of the earliest Porsche 901s, chassis number 57.
As our helpful guide related, the story began with a German reality TV show discovering a “junk find” of sorts in a garage outside Berlin. With a bit of research, the significance of the find was discovered and soon enough, the car was acquired by the Porsche Museum with the ultimate aim of performing a full restoration over the course of one to two years.
As history tells us, the very first Porsche 911s were built in 1964 and were actually designated “901” until a naming conflict with Peugeot resulted in the now ubiquitous “911”. Only 82 cars were labelled 901 and supposedly none was sold to a private customer, which underscores the rarity of this find.
We were fortunate enough to be invited into the Porsche workshop within the museum and were allowed the opportunity to get quite up close and personal with this piece of history. Our smartphone cameras snapped happily away but really couldn’t capture what our eyes could.
No doubt there’s substantial work for the masters at Porsche to do in the restoration process, but seeing this vehicle alongside a collection of masterpieces (classic and contemporary) was a treat we won’t soon forget!