Back in the earliest days of the 911, before Peugeot objected to any other automaker using the naming scheme “#-0-1,” Porsche introduced the 356 successor as the Porsche Type-901.
These early cars, totaling 82 in number, were never sold to private customers – at least, not by Porsche. So, the absence of the No. 57 car from the automaker’s records was always a bit of a mystery. Until the No. 57 Porsche Type-901 turned up in a garage.
“This is exactly what has been missing”, said Porsche Museum Director Achim Stejskal. “It completes our collection of all important production cars from Porsche.” The recently rediscovered Porsche Type-901, it turns out, had been sold to an enthusiast by its original owner. In the long-run, that second owner ended up neglecting the car, allowing it to sit untouched in the garage for decades, until it was uncovered by a TV crew who’d received a tip about the car.
In its present state, the No. 57 Porsche Type-901 is missing the passenger’s side door and front quarter panel, but the original motor and VIN are still intact. The Porsche Museum is now planning on restoring the car to good condition, a process which could likely take one to two years.
But there’s no rush. After all, it’s survived this long.