1973 Porsche 911 2.4 SSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,687 CC SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection 210 BHP 5-Speed Manual Gearbox in Rear Transaxle 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes Front and Rear Independent Suspension About this Car: Development of Porsche’s 911 began with initial sketches by Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche in 1959 predicting a larger, more comfortable, and powerful successor to the long- lived 356. With a slightly longer wheelbase and new six-cylinder power, yet clearly paying homage to its predecessor, the new Porsche debuted at Frankfurt in 1963 as the “901.” However, following Peugeot’s objections, claiming rights to all three-digit car names with zeroes in the middle, a simple numeric change heralded the “911.” Production of the 911 began in September 1964. Relentless ongoing development brought the 911 S, which debuted for 1967 and quickly generated a number of lightweight competition variants that immediately dominated their respective racing classes worldwide. Main S upgrades included a compression boost to 9.8:1, forged pistons with raised crowns, stronger connecting rods, high-performance camshafts with increased overlap, enlarged valves, Weber IDS triple-throat carburetors, and revised exhaust ducting, plus brake and suspension revisions. Bosch’s excellent mechanical fuel-injection system debuted for 1969, and ongoing refinements maintained the engine’s 190 bhp (SAE)/180 bhp (DIN) output while simultaneously meeting the early 1970s tougher emissions standards. Performance was nothing short of exhilarating with a highly engaging driving experience, sharper handling, and acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds en route to a 140 mph terminal velocity. Always highly coveted and appreciated by driving connoisseurs, the 911 – particularly the high-performance S variant – continues to reign among the greatest sporting cars ever produced. However, its starring role in the opening sequences of film legend Steve McQueen’s 1971 racing classic Le Mans cemented the iconic status of the 911S. A late-production, US-delivery example of the classic first-generation 911 series, identified by Porsche purists as Type 901, this 1973-model Porsche 911 S was built on October 1, 1972. Originally finished in Gold Metallic (Code 8888), one of Porsche’s optional high-visibility “safety” colors of the era, the 911 S was complemented by black leather upholstery and fitted with a number of factory-installed options, including US-mandated safety and emissions equipment, uprated stabilizer bars and Koni shock absorbers, green-tinted glass, and a set of Dunlop tires. For much of its existence, this 911 S is understood to have resided in the southwestern US with owners in Texas and California, prior to undergoing a total concours-level restoration during the early 2000s commissioned by the prior owner, costing $75,000 to complete. During the process, the car was fully disassembled, stripped, and then refinished in its original livery. All systems and components were either carefully restored or replaced. Of particular note, and in testimony to the quality and totality of the restorative work lavished on the car, the underbody, chassis, and suspension were restored and detailed, as evidenced by the selection of photographs documenting the work as it was performed. The original 2.4-liter engine was upgraded during the restoration to 2.7 specifications, netting a significant performance enhancement. The current owner acquired this 911 S in 2005 and has carefully maintained the car. In a letter accompanying the car, a Porsche Club of America concours judge states that it is “clearly the benchmark by which other early 911s are measured.” Predictably, ever since it was restored, this 911 S has been a consistent local and regional- level concours winner at various events in the southeastern US, including South Carolina’s prestigious Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. Now offered complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and remaining quite stunning in presentation, this 1973 911 S remains an outstanding example of what serious Porsche enthusiasts and experts alike consider to be the ultimate expression of Porsche’s early 911 road car.

Reference Number 212979

as of 3/14/2013

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Car 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S
VIN 9113300219 
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