Lot 184 - 1968 Porsche 911S

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ESTIMATE £120,000 - £150,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 184
Reg. Number KSA 346F
Chassis Number 11801259
Year 1968

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The S boasted modifications typical of a higher-performance Porsche: these included a re-profiled cam, larger valves, better porting, loftier compression (9.8:1 vs. 9.0) and larger jets for the Weber carburettors (which were otherwise much like those given to the base 911 from early 1966).

The result was 30 more horsepower, totalling 180bhp; furthermore, the torque improved fractionally to 127 pound-feet, peaking fully at 1,000rpm higher.
Unlike other models, the S lacked a choke, but pumping the accelerator was usually enough for starting. On the other hand, merely blipping the throttle on the freer-breathing S would send the tacho needle zinging to its 7,300rpm redline. Porsche thus wisely fitted an ignition cut-out that interrupted spark to the plugs when it neared maximum revs, thus protecting the valve-train from overly enthusiastic drivers.

Naturally, the S also received chassis upgrades to match its extra power. These included a rear anti-roll bar (augmenting the one in front), Koni shocks, ventilated instead of solid-rotor disc brakes all-round and, soon to be a 911 hallmark, pretty five-spoke Fuchs alloy wheels that cut five pounds from the unsprung weight at each hub.

S gear ratios were evenly spaced except for the five-speed transmission’s overdrive top, which was purposely very ‘high’. It gave 100mph at 4,200rpm, hardly a strain for the free-revving flat-six. Pulling a max rpm in the lower gears allowed the model to net 0-60mph in eight seconds or less, running a standing quarter-mile of under 16 seconds at 90-plus mph.
This stunning example wears its original colour of Light Ivory over a correct Black leatherette interior. According to the Certificate of Authenticity, this matching numbers example was built in July 1968.

This is a wonderful example of an early S; it looks, runs, drives, and stops as it should. The original 5 speed gearbox shifts smoothly, the 160 bhp engine pulls quickly to the redline with a thoroughbred race type quality sending tingles down your spine. The light, precise steering and nimble handling for which Porsche 911s are known originated here. Hard to believe that this is forty-seven years old; it must have been like piloting a fighter jet in its day.

There are so many original features on this example you do not see on European versions due to the general corrosion issues prevalent on any early 911.

Part of a large American collection, this rust free stunning car has received ongoing high quality maintenance over the years including engine and gearbox rebuilds within the last 20,000 miles.

It recently underwent a full service and checkover costing several thousand Dollars, which was carried out by renowned Porsche technicians in California. This car is supplied with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity along with a V5 document, history file, rare tool kit, spare wheel and handbooks. A fine example of a highly desirable motor car, and with values ever increasing, now is the time to buy one of Zuffenhausen’s finest.

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