Classics – The Porsche 911 Cabriolet number one is up for grabs image

With classic Porsches a hot commodity these days, you may be inclined to discard this example as yet another cool model with an insanely absurd price warranted by the collector’s craze.

But it’s not the case, even as the fetching price is expected to go in between $900,000 and $1,060,000. This is the very first 911 (formerly 901) Cabriolet ever built by the German sports car maker – and will be auctioned on February 8, 2017, as part of the RM Sotheby’s Paris event. This is one of just two examples that survived the 13 prototype trials and was manufactured by Karmann between 1963 and 1964, and as such it’s not only considered to be the first cabriolet produced, but also the second oldest 911 in existence.

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It has the chassis #13360, and was used by the company almost exclusively to trial the production of the 911 Targa that was presented in 1967. And it was only in 1982 that a Cabriolet would see the light of day as a production series model. The featured unit has been kept in good shape and has actually been mostly unrestored since new. The red exterior finish is around 80 percent original, with the Fuchs alloy wheels, and part-leather, part-houndstooth seats coming from the car when new – with motivation provided by the completely original 2.0-liter flat-six packing about 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts).