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Charles G. Whiteley Jr., Inglewood, California (acquired new via Schmidt + Koch, Bremen, Germany, in 1965)John Clyman, Pacifc Palisades, California (acquired from the above circa December 1965)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
PCA Porsche Parade, Monterey, California, June 2014
The exceptional 911 presented here, chassis 302273, was completed on October 4, 1965. Consistent with its build date and chassis number sequence, this car possesses numerous early-production details, including four-screw horn grilles, Solex carburetors, wood interior trim, and distinctive 911 script on the dashboard and engine lid.
As recorded on the Porsche Kardex, this 911 was painted a special-order Dark Blue (Dunkelblau – code 52017) and optioned with a full leather interior – a particularly rare feature as most early 911s were upholstered in vinyl. The elegant package was completed with headrests, tinted glass, and chrome wheels with Phoenix “redline” tires. The 911 was first delivered to Bremen dealer Schmidt + Koch, where it was collected by Charles Whiteley Jr. The Porsche then spent a few days on German roads before being shipped to John Clyman, a 27-year-old resident of Pacifc Palisades, California.
Mr. Clyman received his car by December 1965 and soon joined the Porsche Owners Club (POC). Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he participated in numerous POC events, including concours and rallies. After the 55 mph speed limit was imposed in 1976, Mr. Clyman found little use for his Porsche; and the 53,000-mile car was then stored in the family garage, where it remained virtually untouched for almost 40 years.
Over the past year, the 911 has been gently awakened from its long slumber. During this process, the Porsche was carefully returned to running order, making a great effort to keep it as original as possible.
The consignor reports that this 911 is a true survivor, retaining much of its original special-order paint and spectacular, full-leather interior. Furthermore, it possesses the hallmarks of a time-capsule specimen, including original glass, rubber trim, important stamped components, and “July 1965” date-coded wheels.
Beyond its superb condition, this special 911 is fully outfitted with a four-piece luggage set trimmed in black leather, Hella foglights, grille badges, and an eight-track stereo (installed in period). Also included are its original tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, service book, workshop manuals, and keys. The file that accompanies the car contains the original registration, POC documents, correspondence from the Porsche factory, and German tourist plates among other important items.
A beautifully preserved Southern California car, custom ordered and retained by a single owner for nearly 50 years, this spectacular early 911 is one of the most impressive unrestored sports cars that Gooding & Company has ever had the pleasure to offer.