Many supercar enthusiasts know the Porsche No.1 as the first â€˜realâ€™ Porsche and now they will be able to get an up close look at it during the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance. It is a two-seater open roadster that is equipped with a VW air-cooled, mid mounted, flat-4 engine that pushes out 40 horsepower.
Porsche had originally tried to get the car to California in 1998 for an appearance at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, but the car was damaged in transit. The one-of-a-kind Porsche was created by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche “after he searched and was unable to find the car of his dreams,” according to the company.
The roadster weighs in at 1,290 pounds and has a top speed of between 84 and 87 mph. Most of the mechanicals are said to be derived from the Volkswagen Beetle, which was created by Ferry’s father, Ferdinand. Interior details on the No. 1 include a bench seat to accommodate a third passenger, a dash with only a tachometer â€” a speedometer was added later â€” and a locking glovebox. The luggage compartment and fuel tank were located under the front hood.