Few sports cars have proved as versatile as Porsche’s perennial 911, a model that, for the past 50 years, has proved equally capable as a Grand Tourer, circuit racer or rally car. A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, the 911 first appeared at the 1963 Frankfurt Show as the ‘901’, but shortly after production proper commenced in 1964 had become the ‘911’ following Peugeot’s complaints about the use of ‘0’ model numbers. The preceding Type 356’s rear-engined layout was retained but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356’s VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche’s single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six engine displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3.0 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
The 911 on offer here is a complete professional rebuild of a 1966 911 performed between 2014 and 2017 with no expenses spared. The original engine and gearbox were overhauled by renowned marque specialists, RUF Automobile GmbH in Pfaffenhausen – so good is their work that the drive train comes with a 2 year or 30,000km guarantee. The body has been restored from the chassis up and was repainted in her original Bahama Yellow. This restoration has left no part of the car being overlooked and the result is a 1966 Porsche 911 like new in the truest sense of this abused word. It is not an imported car but was delivered when new to Porsche Glöckler of Frankfurt on 10th October 1966. The whole rebuild is fully documented and supplied with invoices in the history file. A car that really must be seen.