1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype

Tim Scott ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
  • 30-bhp, 1,991-cc SOHC air-cooled, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine with Solex carburetors
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Independent front suspension with torsion bars and McPherson struts; independent rear suspension with torsion bars, trailing arms and tubular shock absorbers
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Wheelbase 2,200 mm
  • The only known 901 cabriolet prototype
  • The oldest unrestored Porsche 901
  • Largely original condition; documented history
  • Shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Never before offered for public sale

In the world of landmark collector automobiles, the four most important words are “first,” “last,” “only” and “original.” Offered here is one of the most significant examples in the long and brilliant history of Porsche’s fabled 911 series, and one that meets all four of those criteria. Chassis number 13360 is the only open-top 901 cabriolet prototype ever built and the second-earliest surviving 901 (the car that would become the 911). That it exists at all today is largely due to good fortune, as almost all of the 13 factory 901 prototype coupes built in 1963 and 1964 were either destroyed or parted out as their usefulness passed.

Prescott Kelly

Prescott Kelly - SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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