1964 Porsche 911 (901)
pw (Atlas) - 7114001 (diecast)
In September 1963, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled the successor to the 356: the 901. But when the car appeared in October the next year, at the 1964 Paris Auto Salon, Peugeot objected to the name, so Porsche renamed the new car as the 911.
Production started in September of 1964 (82 units produced) while the 356 was still being built. The first edition used the Type 901/01 flat-6 engine, a 1991 cm³ air-cooled boxer that produced 130 hp. It was truly a step up from the 356’s 1582 cm3 flat-4. The 911 had four seats although the rear seats were really small (therefore, called a 2+2), and was available with a four or five-speed manual “Type 901” transmission.
Designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the 911 became probably the world’s most recognizable sportscar. I love the 911, so it was mandatory for me to have an example of an early version. Like the other cars in the series, Atlas did a fantabulous job on this 911/901, and I’m very happy with it. Though very probably this Atlas will not be my last 901…
Not bad (at all!) for “just a pw”, huh? I’m a bit snobby when it comes to pw models, but this series from Atlas is REALLY good. For the price it definitively was one of the best deals I found this year.