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The Porsche 911 S
Succeeding the venerable 356, Porsche’s six-cylinder 911 entered production in September 1964. Developed with uncommon commitment, the high-performance 911 S debuted for 1967 and immediately spawned lightweight competition variants that quickly dominated their respective competition classes. Main 911 S upgrades included a compression boost to 9.8:1, forged pistons, stronger connecting rods, uprated camshafts, larger valves, Weber IDS carburetors, and revised exhaust ducting, plus brake and suspension revisions. Bosch mechanical fuel injection debuted for 1969 maintaining engine output while meeting increasingly stringent US emissions standards. Revered for its unmatched level of driver-and-machine interaction, the 911 S became the cornerstone of Porsche’s racing program due to FIA rule changes by 1972. Its enduring cachet is enhanced by Steve McQueen’s ownership of a 911 S, with the car figuring prominently during the opening sequences of his classic film Le Mans.
Impeccably restored and simply outstanding, this example from 1972 is one of only 1,750 higher-horsepower 911 S models, and fewer still factory-equipped with a sunroof. A highly desirable collector-owned and maintained example, it features an arresting Signal Yellow exterior finish with black interior and charcoal carpeting. According to the consignor, this 911 S is a superb example. The previous owner has recently invested $70,000 to elevate the 911 S’s current superb condition, with $30,000 spent on the engine and gearbox alone. Receipts documenting this investment are included with this sale; and just 4,000 miles have been traveled since the work was completed. It remains stock in specification and as originally delivered from the factory, aside from the addition of a set of factory RS steel rear-wheel flares installed for a sportier look and the ability to fit larger rear wheels and tires as used on the Carrera RS.
Clean and attractive from top to bottom with an impressively detailed and presented underside to match, this 911 S is an excellent, extremely well-dialed-in example in every respect, with a tight feel. Just 70,000 miles from new, the 911 S is complete with books, tools, jack, service receipts, and history documents, a maintenance booklet, and its corresponding Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. If you are seeking an excellent, early 911 S Coupe in superb condition and equipped with a rare factory sunroof, this particular example is equally ready for the show field or thrilling and fast open-road touring pleasure.