Lot 31

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1966 Porsche 911

SOLD $275,000


$200,000 - $300,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

An Exceptionally Well-Preserved Short-Wheelbase 911
Striking Original Color Scheme of Sand over Brown
Delivered New to Colorado; Less than 19,000 Original Miles
Owned by Noted Porsche Collectors for Over 30 Years
Best in Class and Division at Three Consecutive Porsche Parades

Technical Specs

1,991 CC SOHC Type 901/05 Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Two Weber 40 IDA 3C Carburetors
130 BHP at 6,100 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Torsion-Bar Suspension with Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

From the Jerry Seinfeld CollectionJames E. Pickens, Wheat Ridge, Colorado (acquired new in 1966)Tom Scott, Denver, Colorado (acquired from the above circa 1983)Dr. William E. Jackson, Denver, Colorado (acquired from the above in 1991)Myron Vernis, Akron, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1999)Jerry Seinfeld (acquired from the above in February 2005)

PCA Porsche Parade, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1984 (Best in Class, Best in Division)PCA Porsche Parade, Costa Mesa, California, 1985 (Best in Class, Best in Division)PCA Porsche Parade, Portland, Maine, 1986 (Best in Class, Best in Division)PCA Porsche Parade, Portland, Oregon, 1995

“This is as pure and perfect a ’60s 911 as there is in the world. The colors are so wonderful. No restored car has this delicious smell. Car heaven as a pure early 911.” – Jerry Seinfeld

The exceptional 911 presented here, chassis 304182, was completed on July 16, 1966. Consistent with its build date and chassis number sequence, this car possesses numerous early production details including the Weber-carbureted type 901/05 engine, wood interior trim, and distinctive 911 script on the dashboard and engine lid. As recorded on the Porsche factory Kardex, this 911 was originally painted Sand (Code 6607) with complementing brown leatherette upholstery. The elegant package was completed with a Webasto heater, Catacolor tinted glass, an antenna, and chrome wheels with Phoenix tires.

Originally distributed through Porsche Car Southwest in San Antonio, Texas, the 911 was retailed through Vern Hagestad Motor Co., a VW-Porsche dealership located on West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The 911’s first owner, James E. Pickens of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, retained it until 1983, when it was sold to Denver-based Porsche enthusiast Tom Scott. In a recent conversation, Mr. Scott recalled the car’s remarkably original condition and reported that he displayed the 911 at three consecutive PCA Porsche Parades between 1984 and 1986, receiving Best in Class and Best in Division at each outing.

In 1991, Mr. Scott sold the low-mileage 911 to famed Porsche collector Dr. William E. Jackson of Denver, Colorado. Known for his discerning eye and exceptional taste, Dr. Jackson was one of the first American collectors to appreciate the significance of early Porsches. At its height, Dr. Jackson’s collection included some of the most important examples of the marque, from early four-cam Spyders to significant Turbo-era 911s. For eight years, the 1966 Porsche remained a fixture in this remarkable collection, where it benefited from minimal use and careful preservation.

In 1999, Dr. Jackson sold the 911 to Myron Vernis, a collector in Akron, Ohio, and it remained in his care until early 2005, when it was acquired by Jerry Seinfeld. Offered today after spending more than a decade in the Seinfeld collection, this remarkable 911 shows less than 18,700 original miles on the odometer and is a true survivor, retaining much of its original paint and spectacular interior. Furthermore, it possesses the hallmarks of a time-capsule specimen, including original glass, rubber trim, the correct matching-numbers engine, and May 1966 date-coded wheels. Also included with the sale is a proper jack, tool roll, and manual.

Dutifully preserved by knowledgeable collectors for over 30 years, this spectacular early 911 is one of the most impressive unrestored sports cars that Gooding & Company has ever had the pleasure of offering.