1963 Porsche 901


1963 Porsche 901

1963 Porsche 901

In 1963 Porsche introduced their seminal 901 at the 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show which would be renamed 911 for the 1964 model year. The new car was sold alongside the 356C as an alternative wth more power and room for a rear seat.

The massive undertaking of replacing the 356 began as early as 1959 with Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche largely responsible for the project. By 1961 the first clay models were being made and in July of 1964 the first prototypes were being made.

At the 1963 Frankfurt show the public saw Porsches new direction. Compared to the 356 it had a longer wheelbase, a more compact suspension setup and much more power from the flat-6 engine.

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In Detail

typeLimited Production Car
built atGermany
body stylistFerdinand
succeccesor1964 Porsche 911
engineFlat-6
positionRear, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainSOHC 2-Valves per Cyl
fuel feedSolex 40PI Carburetors
displacement1991 cc / 121.50 in³
power96.9 kw / 130 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output65.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weight120.37 bhp per tonne
torque161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesSolid Steel Discs
rear brakesSolid Steel Discs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionTorsion Bars
r suspensionTrailing Wishbones
curb weight1080 kg / 2381 lbs
wheelbase2210 mm / 87.0 in
length4163 mm / 163.9 in
width1610 mm / 63.4 in
height1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmissionType 901 5-Speed Manual
top speed~209.17 kph / 130 mph
0 – 60 mph~8.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph~24.3 second