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George C. Buck, Seattle, Washington (purchased new in 1966)James M. Cleland Jr., Mount Vernon, Washington (acquired from the above June 1992)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2007)
Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, Tacoma, Washington, September 2013 (Second Place, Early Porsche Class)
As Porsche’s cornerstone 356 series approached its development limits, work began on its successor. While the 356’s air-cooled, fat-four engine was relentlessly improved and remained remarkably powerful and reliable, it limited Porsche’s racing aspirations to class victories. The 356’s replacement was internally code-named “Technical Project 7” or simply “T7” and began with sketches penned by Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche in 1959 predicting a larger, more comfortable and powerful new model. A new fat 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine was designed, tested, and developed under the careful direction of Ferdinand Piech, utilizing the lessons learned from Porsche’s Formula 1 racing program of 1960–1961.
Testing commenced in November 1962 and, the following September, the “901” debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Following Peugeot’s objections, claiming it alone held the legal rights to all three-digit numeric car names with zeroes in the middle, a simple change heralded the soon-to-be-famous “911” model designation. The enormity of the T7 project delayed production until September 1964. However, once released, the 911 was an immense success that continues to the present. Of all 911s available today, the earliest short-wheelbase examples are especially prized.
Offered complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this early-production 911 was factory-finished in Ruby Red with black leatherette upholstery, and completed on July 20, 1965. It is unusually well equipped with 11 factory options, including a Webasto heater, leather headrests, full tinted glass, seatbelts, a “Talbot” rearview mirror, wheel caps with Porsche crests, Dunlop radial tires, and a Blaupunkt “Frankfurt” radio, loudspeaker, and antenna. The factory-fitted electric sunroof is a particularly rare option. According to the consignor, this 911 is known by its oral history to have been one of the – if not the – earliest examples in the Pacific Northwest, with Denny Aker, the well-known Porsche mechanic and expert having recalled working on it in 1965.
Purchased new by a professor of Germanic languages and literature at the University of Washington, this unusually well-optioned 911 has remained in the Seattle area from new. The consignor acquired the Porsche in 2007 and commissioned a full show-quality restoration using original parts wherever possible. Work was completed in 2013, with only an approximate 500 miles of use thereafter. In addition to the aforementioned Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and copies of title documents, this exceptionally equipped and restored early 911 includes tools, Porsche touch-up paint, owner’s manual, Porsche dealer network book, jack, and an original dealer license-plate frame and original key.