There isn’t anything novel about old Porsches crossing the block. But this particular car you see above isn’t just any old Porsche. It is any Porschephile’s dream; it’s the very first 911 (known at that time as the 901) Cabriolet produced. And it’s set to go under the hammer on February 8, 2017, as part of the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris.
Of the 13 911 prototypes built by Karmann between 1963 and 1964, only two survive today. So, apart from being Stuttgart’s first ever cabrio, this 1964 911 Cabriolet is also the second oldest 911 in existence. While the first production 911 Cabriolet didn’t come out until 1982, this prototype served as the template for the first production 911 Targa that came out in 1967.
For a pre-production car that was made 52 years ago, the ’64 Cabrio looks to be in pretty good shape, with its still shiny red finish, and Fuchs alloy wheels, with the only signs of age being in the interior, which sports the original wooden steering wheel and houndstooth seats. And powering the car is a 130 horsepower, 2.0-litre flat-six. Bought by a German collector in the late Sixties, the car was apparently in storage until 2001, when it was sold to an American classic car collector, who in turn sold it to its current owner two years ago.
It’s the first time that this historic car has been put up for public sale, so if you’re a hard-core fanatic of the German brand, this is the chance of a lifetime to own one of the most significant cars to wear a Porsche badge. As you’d imagine it won’t come cheap. It’s estimated to fetch up to €1,000,000 (Dh3.85 million) at the auction.