The first of many high-performance versions of the newly introduced 911 arrived in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke alloy wheels, the ‘S’ featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph. A lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911’s handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements – to 2.2-litres.
By this time, the 911 models had established themselves as one of Europe’s most refined and enjoyable sports cars for the road, and also as a serious weapon on the racetrack in production-based formulae.
To have a Porsche 911 as a road car made a statement – you knew about the best things in life. Just take the king of cool for instance; in the opening scenes of the cult movie Le Mans, Steve McQueen is seen charging around French country roads in a 2.2-litre 1970 911S – the glorious sound of its flat-six and virtually open fuel injection intakes are remembered by most who have seen the movie. It’s perhaps no surprise that McQueen kept one for his own personal use long after filming was over.
These 2.2-litre 911S models are nowadays considered one of the most sought after pre-1973 911’s, offering a very flexible torque-curve, yet retaining the light, rev-happy feel of the earlier 2.0-litre models.
The 2.2S you see here was delivered new to Portugal in May of 1970 to rally champion Fernando Basilio Dos Santos, in the current colour scheme of Pastellblau with black leather interior, exterior wing mirrors, “Komfort” equipment, electric sunroof and tinted glass all round.
This fabulous 2.2S found its way to Germany in 2014 whereupon it was restored to original specification and to a very high standard, which is detailed in the attached valuation report. Offered with its original maintenance book, Porsche COA, German and Portuguese registration documents, this is a truly outstanding example one of the most desirable early 911 variants.