Race Car for sale – Rare 1964 Porsche 901/911
From the listing for this Classic Porsche 911 Race Car for sale:
1964-built Porsche 901/911s are known to uniquely feature many identifying pre-mass production parts differences when compared to 1965 or ‘66 model year cars. The 232 Registry Group have, over recent years, collectively researched and produced a detailed 1964 Parts Study and continue to share this information amongst this special group of circa 50 surviving cars and their owners.
Chassis #300 147 was delivered new in Sweden to the official Swedish Porsche importer, Scania-Vabis. Finished in Signal Red with Black vinyl interior, the car was initially used for launch and demonstration purposes by Scania to promote the new Porsche 911 model and #147 was extensively featured in several road test magazines of the day, seen bearing its first registration number of B7004.
In December 1965 the car was sold by Scani-Vabis to Swedish racing driver Anders Josephson and re-registered AB 20195. Josephson was born into one of Sweden’s most influential families, and inherited a business empire encompassing textiles, pattern making and retail fashion stores. He also had his own race team – Anders Josephson Racing. Between 1967 – 1969, chassis #147 was raced extensively by Josephson in the Swedish Touring Car Championships (finishing 2nd in the 1968 championship) and during the winter months was regularly driven in ice racing
The 911 can trace its roots back to sketches drawn by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in 1959. The Porsche 911 was developed as a much more powerful, larger, more comfortable replacement for the Porsche 356, the company’s first model. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show (German: Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung). The car was developed with proof-of-concept twin fan Type 745 engine, and the car presented at the auto show had a non-operational mockup of the production single fan 901 engine, receiving a working one in February 1964.
It originally was designated as the “Porsche 901” (901 being its internal project number). 82 cars were built as 901s. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911. Internally, the cars’ part numbers carried on the prefix 901 for years. Production began in September 1964,the first 911s reached the US in February 1965 with a price tag of US$6,500.
The earliest edition of the 911 had a 130 metric horsepower (96 kW; 128 hp) Type 901/01 flat-4 engine, in the “boxer” configuration like the 356, air-cooled and rear-mounted, displaced 1991 cc compared with the 356’s four-cylinder, 1582 cc unit. The car had four seats although the rear seats were very small, thus the car is usually called a 2+2 rather than a four-seater (the 356 was also a 2+2). It was mated to a four or five-speed manual “Type 901” transmission. The styling was largely by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, son of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche. Erwin Komenda, the leader of the Porsche car body construction department, was also involved in the design.
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