“Fanciers of the marque yearned for the good old days when they used to wischen their Speed-sters through turns, tails all hung out, arms sawing away like mad on the steering wheel.
Porsche is making a car for these drivers again, offering a sportier version of the 6-cylinder 911 dubbed the 911S. S for Super. Super because horsepower is up 20%, from 148 to 180. Super because the brake discs are vented. And Super because the suspension has been modified with strengthened struts, Koni adjustable shocks, a stiffer front anti-sway bar, and an anti-sway bar added at the rear.” Car and Driver Magazine, 1967.
In 1966, Porsche introduced the more powerful 911S with Type 901/02 engine, the power raised to 158 hp. Forged aluminium alloy wheels from Fuchs, in a distinctive 5-spoke design, were offered for the first time. In motor sport at the same time, the engine was developed into Type 901/20 and was installed in the mid-engined Porsche 904 and Porsche 906. Various years represent highlights in terms of car specification and car desirability, and of the normal road-going versions this 1967 version of the ‘S’ must be one of the ultimate early 911s.
Amazingly, this 911’S’ was in the possession of just one private owner from new until early in 2016. This early matching numbers example rolled off the production line on 31st October 1966, painted Irish Green with a black leatherette interior, and optioned with a Webasto heater, headrests, tinted glass, an exterior mirror, safety belts and 165/15 Dunlop tyres.These options are still present today (thankfully with the exception of the original tyres which have recently been replaced with period-correct Vredesteins).
The car’s Californian owner clearly loved his 911 deeply, covering 139,000 miles in his ownership. During this time he kept on top of maintenance; we see invoices in the file for various work dating back to the 1970s, much of which was with the same mechanic. We also note a bill on file for engine rebuild work in the 1990s. In 2000 the car was painted for the first time since 1966, the owner opting for a change of colour to the silver it wears today. Whilst the car was being painted the chrome was replated and the wheels uprated to wider items.
Being such an original car, the vendor tells us panel gaps are good all round, the doors open and shut very well, and the floors are original. We have been informed the engine delivers a good amount of power, and the transmission shifts nicely.
Offered with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a file of receipts, UK MoT and UK V5 document, this is a unique opportunity to buy a genuine one owner example of the definitive German sportscar of the 1960s.