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Gerry Goldsmith, Bellerose, New York (acquired new via Porsche Cars of Manhattan Inc. in 1967)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The Porsche 911 is an undisputed motoring icon and one of the most successful sports cars of all time. While any 911 is inherently desirable, the earliest examples have become increasingly prized due to their purity of line, lively performance, and vintage character. Of the early short-wheelbase 911 models, the most collectible is the high-performance S variant, introduced for the 1967 model year. Boasting 160 bhp, lightweight Fuchs alloy wheels, ventilated disc brakes, revised gear ratios, and improved suspension, the original 911 S was one of the most capable – and sought-after – sports cars of its era.
The 1967 911 S presented here, chassis 306672S, was completed at the Porsche factory on November 7, 1966. Destined for North American delivery, this car was finished in Polo Red (6602) with black vinyl upholstery and equipped with Dunlop SP tires and a Webasto gasoline heater. Distributed through Porsche of America Corporation in Teaneck, New Jersey, the new 911 S was sold new through Porsche Cars of Manhattan Inc.
As documented by the original sales invoice and copy of the factory Kardex, this 911 S was first sold to Gerry Goldsmith, a resident of Bellerose, New York. His new car, which carried a sticker price of $7,343.50, was appropriately equipped for driving in New York City, with options such as a Blaupunkt radio, front and rear bumper guards, side-view mirror, three-point safety belts, and a dealer-installed Mark V air-conditioning system.
According to Mrs. Goldsmith, their young son had begged her husband to purchase the 911 S, and it came to be considered a member of their family. Remarkably, the car remained in their care for 48 years, during which time it was driven approximately 76,000 miles and always meticulously maintained. Finally, in 2015, the consignor, a New York-based collector with a passion for unrestored cars, was able to purchase the Porsche from its original owners.
In consignor’s care, the car has enjoyed minimal use and presents today in superb, unrestored condition. Not only does this car still retain its distinctive as-delivered features, the consignor reports that it wears most of its factory-applied Polo Red paint finish and still has its original KONI shock absorbers. Consistent with its exceptional condition, this car is accompanied by its original sales invoice and 911 S brochure from Porsche Cars of Manhattan Inc., as well as the tool kit, owner’s manual, service book, and Blaupunkt radio pamphlets.
This extraordinary first-year 911 S, with its fascinating history, desirable options, and two-owner provenance, is an exciting find that is sure to attract interest from Porsche enthusiasts the world over.