Finding the Oldest Known 901

I love a good story, especially when it involves a Porsche. A rare find, a labor of love, coming into the means to buy the latest model you’ve always dreamed of…I love em all. I find them inspiring and motivating.

I recently ran across an article in an old European Car magazine about the oldest Type 901 to be known in existence. It was found at a swap meet by Kurt Schneider. Here’s the story about his “find”:

Treasure can just as easily be found in broad daylight as under the seven seas. Ask Kurt Schneider. It was the right crowded aisle at a Pomona, California swap meet, not a tropical isle, where Kurt discovered the jewel on these pages, the twentieth series production 901, one of the oldest remaining in existence.

At the time (Nov. 1989), the car looked far different. But Schneider, longtime member of the Riverside Region of the Porsche Club of America, thought he saw a certain gleam under the grime and faded paint. He stopped for a closer look. The quickening of his heartbeat became a violent thud when he crawled under the car and found the serial number: 300020. His memory of a recent article in the PCA’s Panorama on early 911 serial numbers was fresh; still he could hardly believe what he saw. The number confirmed his guess that the car was an early 911; how early was the most pleasant shock of his life. [From European Car magazine, July 1993]

He ended up buying the car for just $4300! I can’t even imagine finding something like that, not to mention buying it for such a cheap price. What an amazing opportunity to own a piece of Porsche history.

If you want to read a bit more, you can find a more detailed article and an account of the post-swap meet story at Vintage Porsche. Check it out.