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This example, numbered 305518, is a late 1966-model car produced on August 22, 1966. As confirmed by its accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, it continues to retain its original matching-numbers 2.0-liter engine. This 911 is well optioned and sports a wood- rimmed steering wheel, Blaupunkt radio, and Weber carburetors. According to the consignor, this 911 received a comprehensive restoration only a few years ago and still presents beautifully in all respects. During the process, the body, featuring straight panels, was refinished in Irish Green, and the interior was fitted with tan leather upholstery. The car’s mechanicals are reported to have been rebuilt during the restoration as well. A copy of a service invoice on file confirms the shift linkage was repaired and adjusted, the passenger-side door was adjusted, an exhaust strap was installed, and the heater cable and housing were replaced. In addition, the wheels were electronically aligned. Riding on a set of recently installed period-style Vredestein radial tires, this 911 is best summarized as an important classic sports car, complete with a selection of photographs, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a 2010-dated service invoice. Indeed, this early, short-wheelbase example provides an opportunity worthy of consideration by any serious Porsche collector seeking a highly attractive, matching-numbers example to show, tour, and thoroughly enjoy.
As one of the greatest pure driving machines ever produced in its desirable early form, this 911 from 1966 will continue to provide ample evidence of the pure Porsche DNA that continues to infuse the current-generation 911 models 50 years later. With fast-rising collector focus on these early short-wheelbase cars and the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the 911 in full swing, the offering of this Porsche provides a simply excellent opportunity to acquire one of these very special cars before the rising market tide and strong examples such as this are out of reach.
The First-Generation 911
The long-awaited successor to the 356, the six-cylinder 911 concept was rooted in sketches by Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche in 1959 predicting a larger, more powerful, and comfortable Porsche model. Internally code-named “Technical Project 7” or simply “T7,” the new design was relentlessly refined with Ferdinand Porsche overseeing the new car’s design, while a new air-cooled, flat six-cylinder engine was developed under his cousin Ferdinand Piech, clearly utilizing the many lessons learned from Porsche’s Grand Prix racing program.
Whether on the rally stage or racing circuit, the 911 quickly became successful at the international level, and its basic design and layout proved incredibly scalable to delivering performance levels far beyond the wildest dreams of its creators.