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-liters.
By this time, the 911 models had established itself 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-liter 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-liter 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-liter models. This particular matching numbers 2.2 S was delivered through Porsche cars Italy in May 1970.
The car is supplied with an independent report (18 pages) by Porsche author Peter Morgan, along with a history file. Most recent expenditure of £5,000 has been spent detailing the car, to bring it up to the condition it is presented in today.
Finished in its original and unusual colour combination of black over black leatherette with basket weave inlays this is a wonderful European delivered example of one of the best driving sports cars ever built. Both cosmetically and mechanically this car stands out, and would be a strong contender at any concourse judged event, or a superb entry for rallies and tours.