Porsche’s long-running and much loved 911 sports car 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 first of countless upgrades to the perennial 911 came in 1966, two years after production had commenced, with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the ‘S’ featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp.
One of only 1,267 911S coupés produced in the final year of the short (2,211mm) wheelbase chassis, ‘119300349’ has just undergone a no expense spared specialist restoration which was completed in 2015. The 170 ps motor is matching numbers and we are advised performs very well indeed.
Immensely popular within the classic rallying fraternity, these early short-wheelbase 911s are rarely seen in original form today and unmodified survivors, such as that offered here, are highly sought after by collectors.