This modestly powered, mid-engine two-seater was a Genesis of Ferry Porsche’s prophesy to emanate a ultimate road-going sports car. Hand built in a tiny seminar in Gmünd, a ‘No. 1’ pennyless a cover for high-quality, low volume sports cars, a inventive engineering solutions charity for a initial time a probability of an affordable, useable choice to a rarely bespoke and costly pre-war European standard.
The 356 ‘No.1’ Roadster was awarded a ubiquitous handling assent on 8 Jun of 1948, strictly recognising this rare product as road-legal, and during a same time imprinting a vital miracle in automotive history. Porsche was a bona fide manufacturer of sports cars.
‘No. 1’, then, is a automobile of unaccompanied significance to Porsche, and a cut of association story everybody was penetrating to share as widely as probable in a all-important anniversary year. So a tiny organisation of group and women in Zuffenhausen got around a list in early 2018 to devise a decisive general muster for a strange 356.
The “No.1” during a “70 years of a Porsche sports car” muster in Berlin
It would meant transporting this precious 70-year-old museum square to all 4 corners of a globe, and delicately coordinating a efforts with those of countless in-house and outmost organisations to maximize bearing during mixed high-profile events.
The strange 356 ‘No.1’ Roadster was sole shortly after a inception, and over a enlarged duration in private hands underwent poignant alterations. But when Porsche managed to buy a automobile back, it was motionless that, as a square of vital history, it should sojourn as it was, almost altered from Ferry’s debutante.
For a 70th anniversary then, a uncover automobile was due that would exhibit accurately what a strange looked like in 1948. This betrothed to be both historically fascinating and of poignant logistical value for a tour, providing a organisers with a second automobile for immobile displays. Over a march of a year, both cars could transport a world, with one always staying behind during bottom in Zuffenhausen, for visitors to a Porsche Museum to enjoy.
At a Monterey Car Week: a strange “No. 1” and a Mission E mock-up
Experts from a museum were called in and a perfected routine began. First they totalled a strange automobile regulating a 3D scanner and compared a practical outcome opposite construction drawings from 1948. This initial routine highlighted countless deviations which, when cranky referenced with strange photographs, record and logs from a Porsche Archive, gave an authentic sense of how a automobile would have looked all those years ago.
A computer-assisted logging appurtenance was afterwards used to figure a life-size indication out of a firm froth block. This authorised for a origination of normal wooden jigs, a essential member in formulating accurate aluminium physique panels. These were afterwards all hand-beaten by rarely learned craftsmen regulating a normal collection that would have been accessible in 1948.
The finished uncover automobile reveals a opposite nose diagnosis and narrower behind physique than a existent ‘No.1’. It also has a one-piece behind clamshell that during some indicate was transposed on a genuine automobile with dual apart hinged sections.
Its surprising colour is also true to a period, for endless contrast of samples harvested from behind a ‘No.1’s’ instruments enabled Porsche’s paint specialists to closely replicate a strange shade that had been overpainted many times in a inserted years.
The “No. 1” during a Goodwood Festival of Speed in Southern England
With a princely Roadster and a time-travelling twin now ready, a initial stop on this useful debate was during a ’70 Years of Porsche Sports Car’ muster in Berlin that ran from Mar until May. After a brief bound to Austria for an early media appearance, a strange was afterwards a star captivate during a Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, as a universe descended for a central 70th celebrations and a opening of a special muster that would run all year.
From here, a cars began racking adult a miles, with trips to a Czech Republic, Poland and as distant afield as a Sportscar Together Day in South Africa. The start of Jul saw a ‘No. 1’ enjoying march laps before outrageous crowds during a famous Circuit de la Sarthe as partial of a bi-annual Le Mans Classic, before holding partial in a famous hillclimb during a Goodwood Festival of Speed. It also done dual acquire appearances closer to home, initial on a expostulate by a Bernese plateau of Switzerland, before braving stages of a alpine Ennstal Classic in Austria.
There was no such thing as a summer recess for a Roadsters either. At a finish of August, Porsche’s home-from-home on a Californian seashore called, with a ‘No. 1’ resplendent beside a Mission E image during Monterey Car Week before hidden a uncover during a Rennsport Reunion during Laguna Seca after in September, where Dr Wolfgang Porsche took a wheel.
In Beijing, a “No. 1” was also a concentration of interest
The roadster also flew north to Vancouver and Toronto followed by a moody behind opposite a Atlantic to star during a ever-popular Porsche Sound Night, during a Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. With hardly time to breath, a untiring group were behind on a highway again, with several outings in China that lasted from Oct into December.
By a finish of a year, a 356 ‘No.1’ Roadster had trafficked a towering 46,854km around a universe while a uncover automobile had racked adult an even some-more strong 53,898km.
It was an unusual logistical challenge, coordinating teams of people from all over a universe to accurate and resistant timeframes. But a event to move a many critical automobile in a fast to tens of thousands of fans was a ideal birthday present.