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Soon after production of the new 911 commenced in September 1964, Porsche’s engineers unleashed the high-performance 911 S for 1967, which quickly inspired more specialized lightweight competition variants. Main S upgrades included new Fuchs wheels, a compression boost, forged and strengthened internals, high-performance camshafts, enlarged valves, Weber IDS carburetors, and revised exhaust ducting, plus brake, suspension, and interior revisions. Sharper throttle response – especially past 4,000 rpm – and a 140 mph top speed were immediately evident. Just 2,306 examples were produced for 1967 and demand outstripped supply, just as it does today for these special cars.
Completed on December 19, 1966, this first-year, top-specification 911 S was distinctively finished in Sand Beige complemented by black leatherette upholstery, the colors it currently features. According to the Kardex production record, Edward G. Skultety Jr., a California resident, purchased the S new on March 27, 1967, but titled it in Oregon. He retained the 911 S for over 20 years before selling it to an Orange County, California, Porsche enthusiast and collector, who drove it sparingly and stored the car over the next 20 years. In 2009, the S was acquired by a Los Angeles collector, before it passed to another owner who painstakingly disassembled and completely elevated the vehicle’s presentation in collaboration with Porsche marque expert Mark Allen at Vintage Excellence in San Diego, with virtually no expense spared in the process.
Highlights of this work include an engine rebuild and new first and second gears, synchros, and related parts for the gearbox. The interior was handsomely restored as well and re-trimmed by Autos International with leather upholstery and hard-to-find Austrian Wool Pepita (houndstooth) seat inserts. Other highlights include a restored and date-stamped VDM wood steering wheel, correct German wool carpeting, original rear luggage straps, factory headrests, a Blaupunkt “Frankfurt” radio, gauges restored by North Hollywood Speedometer, plus a rare Sigla OEM tinted windscreen.
Riding on a complete set of correct, date-stamped 4½” Fuchs wheels, restored by Andre Avassian, the exterior of the 911 S includes “through-the-grille” fog lights, OEM Hella European headlights, new Hella under-bumper fog lights, original glass and brightwork, and an original “orange-bar” hood crest. Documents include a copy of the Porsche Kardex production record and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Additional items include extra keys, a Fuchs spare wheel, jack, original US DOT headlights, owner’s manuals, and tool kit.
A recent and thorough detailing provides an outstanding appearance exceeded only by the exhilarating driving experience of this two-liter 911 S, which the consignor reports is an “indescribable pleasure.” An exceptional first-year “short wheelbase” example, it is the original high-performance 911 in its purest form.