What better place to look at an endless collection of Porsches than the Porsche Museum itself in Stuttgart, Germany. Though vast their collection may be, the line up is still far from complete. One vehicle that has been missing from the museum would be a Porsche 901, one of the earliest 911's ever built.

It wasn't until a few years back did the German automaker got hold of one and began meticulously restoring it. Only now will they be displaying to the public one of the earliest 911 models, 45 years after it was originally built.

Porsche muesum adds an original 901 to its collection

Called “911 (901 No. 57) – A legend takes off”, Porsche will be displaying the red 901 as part of a special exhibition which will run from December to April 2018. Originally developed to be the 356's successor, the 901 began production back in 1964. However,  a trademark dispute renamed the model line to the iconic 911 name which we know today, leaving only a handful with the 901 name.

For nearly 50 years, the Porsche factory museum has lacked the specific model in their collection. It wasn't until in 2014 did a TV crew uncover the classic Porsche as part of a German barn find. The crew then contacted the Porsche museum who soon bought the barn find 901 with chassis number 300.057, one of the early model 911's, and restored it to full factory specification.

It took three years for the restoration of the rusty 901 to complete, and bringing it back to its original state. As expected, genuine parts were use, some being sourced from period-correct vehicles. Meanwhile, the engine, transmission and interior was repaired rather than replaced.