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

type Limited Production Car
built at Germany
body stylist Ferdinand
succeccesor 1964 Porsche 911
engine Flat-6
position Rear, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC 2-Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Solex 40PI Carburetors
displacement 1991 cc / 121.50 in³
power 96.9 kw / 130 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 65.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 120.37 bhp per tonne
torque 161.3 nm / 119 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Solid Steel Discs
rear brakes Solid Steel Discs
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Torsion Bars
r suspension Trailing Wishbones
curb weight 1080 kg / 2381 lbs
wheelbase 2210 mm / 87.0 in
length 4163 mm / 163.9 in
width 1610 mm / 63.4 in
height 1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission Type 901 5-Speed Manual
top speed ~209.17 kph / 130 mph
0 – 60 mph ~8.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~24.3 second