However, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, if it wasn’t for Peugeot, the 911 today would probably be known as the 901.As Porsche reminds us , the 911 started out life as a 901, the name signifying that this was a new generation of car unrelated to any previous design like the earlier 718 and 804.
It turns out Porsche had already ordered a number of 9s, 0s and 1s to use as badging. Instead of letting these go to waste, the automaker simply decided to replace the 0 in 901 with a 1, and the rest is history.
Porsche kept the early run of 901s it had built to use as demonstrators. Thankfully, many of these managed to make it into private hands so are still around today. The oldest known 901 in existence is car number 20. Recently, car no. 57 was found in Germany. After acquiring it, Porsche fully restored the 57th car which now sits in the automaker’s official museum in Stuttgart.