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Successor to the 356, the 911 was launched at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show under its initial designation – 901. With a larger, overhead camshaft engine, more horsepower, and sophisticated engineering, the 911 model was immediately embraced by the sports car community as a fitting standard-bearer for the Porsche marque.
Chassis 302396 was completed on September 23, 1965, finished in elegant Irish Green, and sold in December to its first caretaker in Pocatello, Idaho. Residing in Connecticut by the early 1980s, the 911 underwent an extensive cosmetic restoration by Jim Newton’s renowned Automobile Associates of Canton and became a prolific concours champion and two-time class winner at Porsche Club of America National Parades. Service records document regular upkeep, and in February 2008, Automobile Associates rebuilt the engine, replacing the original Solex carburetors with more reliable and effective Weber models. The consignor reports that the car has been driven about 6,000 miles since this work was carried out. Equipped with its matching-numbers engine (per the Porsche COA) and presented with proper July 1965 date-stamped wheels, this 911 is accompanied by a tool kit, manual, and jack, and is further adorned with a period-correct roof rack and Blaupunkt Frankfurt Radio.
The early 911 is considered by many enthusiasts to be the purest of Porsche’s modern sports cars, and this example, with its numbers-matching engine, attractive color scheme, and period accessories, is a surefire showstopper.