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Karl Davis, Manhattan Beach, California (acquired new via Competition Motors in 1965)Richard Gettys, California (acquired from the above in 1966)Fred Orgeron, Fullerton, California (acquired from the above circa early 1990s)Jack D. Eubank, Fullerton, California (acquired from the above circa mid-1990s)Rick Titus, Lake Forest, California (acquired from the above in 1998)John Clinard, Orange County, California (acquired from the above in 1999)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Luftgekühlt 6, Universal City, California, 2019
Porsche’s replacement for its 356 model dates to as early as 1959, under the project name “Technical Project 7,” or simply “T7.” Drawings dating from this period, penned by Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche, gave life to a new larger model to be powered by a two-liter flat-six that would also be the cornerstone of Porsche’s ever-aspiring racing ambitions. Testing of the new car began in late 1962, and the 901 (soon to be renamed the 911) made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September 1963. Upon its release, the 911 became an immense success that continues to the present day. Of the dozens of evolutions and derivatives that have followed, the earliest short-wheelbase examples are especially prized for their genius of design and purity of concept.
This 1965 911 Coupe is one of the highly desirable early production 300 Series cars. The COA and Kardex show that chassis 300845 was completed on April 13, 1965, with engine no. 901011, which it retains today. It was painted Sky Blue (Emailblau 6403) with black leatherette and Pepita cloth inserts.
Competition Motors, based in Culver City, California, first sold 300845 to Karl Davis of Manhattan Beach, California. Mr. Davis collected the new 911 at the factory via the company’s European delivery program, and upon his return he traded it toward another car. However, 300845 continued to gain recognition, as it was featured later in 1965 on the cover of Sports Car Graphic. In the ensuing decades, this 911 has remained with a few California-based owners, all Porsche devotees. Notably among those was automotive journalist and racer Rick Titus, son of much-admired Jerry Titus of the Terlingua Racing Team. In 1999, the car was acquired by collector John Clinard, a Ford Motor Company executive and long-standing Pebble Beach judge.
Mr. Clinard retained Porsche experts to restore the 911, having the engine and transaxle rebuilt, and the body stripped and refinished in Sky Blue Glasurit paint. The consignor purchased the coupe in April 2016, and completed the restoration, including re-trimming the entire interior to its original specification. In May 2019, the 911 participated in Luftgekühlt 6, where it was displayed in a prime location on the backlot of Universal Studios in the shadow of the famed clock tower that was used for the setting of the 1985 film Back to the Future. Documented with restoration invoices, and accompanied by a partial tool kit and manual and the black plate it wore in the December 1965 article, this highly desirable early 1965 911 would surely delight any Porsche purist.