1967 PORSCHE 911S 'SUNROOF' COUPÉ
'So what we have here is one of the best early 911S we have ever seen, and one which is as near to being perfect as anyone is likely to get. That it is a 2.0-litre 911S in that most becoming of colours, Irish Green, makes it all the more appealing.' – Classic Porsche.
Chassis number '306438S' was produced on 24th October 1966 for the German market and delivered to its first owner in Hamburg sometime in late 1966 or early 1967. The original owner is unknown, as are any other (if any) owners prior to the car's purchase by an American working in Germany, who shipped to his home in Kennewick, Washington in April 1977. Its accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms that this 911S was originally finished in Irish Green with black leatherette interior trim, and lists the following optional equipment: Dunlop tyres (165/15), Talbot mirror, sunroof, two fittings for headrests, one headrest (right), Becker Grand Prix radio, loudspeaker, antenna, and a warning light.
In 1998, '306438S' was purchased by a collector. The Porsche was never re-titled, and sat neglected in storage for 10 years after a stalled restoration attempt. When the previous owner purchased the car in 2009, it was in poor condition with 116,000 kilometres on the odometer. The Porsche had been stored outdoors for a number of years, had suffered some serious 'parking lot' damage and acquired a coat of surface rust. It appeared that all four corners had been damaged and/or replaced at some time in the car's history. As a result, metalwork repairs and replacement panels were required to bring '306438S' back to original, 'like new' condition. The required panels were taken from a nice, original 1967 Porsche 912, while the body and paintwork took two years to complete.
The good news was that none of the mechanicals had ever been removed, and that the engine and transmission numbers matched those quoted on the Certificate of Authenticity. All mechanicals: engine, transmission, Weber IDS carburettors, etc were completely dismantled and rebuilt and/or restored to factory-new condition. Missing or non-restorable parts were replaced by new-old-stock items whenever possible. Very few reproduction parts were used in this restoration, which was overseen by marque specialists German Master Tech of Bend, Oregon. Body and paint were entrusted to Redstone Restoration Services, with the engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing, and the engine overhauled by Randy Leadbetter (all these specialists being based in Oregon) while re-plating of the myriad minor components and fastenings was carried out by Queen City Plating of San Diego, California. QCP also handled the re-chroming of the Porsche's brightwork, while restoration of the interior was undertaken by another San Diego-based specialist: Autobahn Interiors. Harvey Weidman of Oroville, CA restored the Fuchs wheels, which were shod with Vredestein Sprint tyres as they have the correct aspect ratio and an appropriately 'period' appearance.
Immediately following the restoration's completion, German Master Tech showed the 911S at the High Desert PCA event in the spring 2013 where it gained the 'Best of Show' award. This was followed by 'Best of Show' and 'Best in Class' (Closed Car) at the Forest Grove Concours d'Élégance; 2nd in class at the Carmel Concours on the Avenues during Monterey Week; and 1st in class (PCA Early 911) in Monterey's 'Legends of the Automobile' show. This favourable reception on the demanding and highly competitive American concours circuit led to the Porsche finding a new owner, and it was shipped to Europe in 2013. Soon after, its story was published in Classic Porsche magazine (November/December 2014 edition), a copy of which is on file together with a V5C document, MoT to September 2017.
In recent years, discerning collectors have increasingly sought out the early, short-wheelbase Porsche 911 as it represents this iconic model in its purist form; presented in excellent condition, this concours-winning example, is worthy of the closest inspection.
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