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*Please note that the restoration receipts that accompany the sale of this car total $46,700, not $31,000 as stated in the catalogue.
When Porsche introduced the 911 S model in 1967, it filled out its lineup. Just as the 356 had offered normal and super models, the 911 S was the new Super. It delivered 180 bhp and 152 mph, still impressive figures today.
For 1969, all 911 models had the wheelbase extended 2.25". Though the car was the same length overall, the weight balance changed from 41.5%–58.5% to 43%–57%, resulting in more forgiving handling.
In 1969, the Bosch mechanical fuel injection was used, which boosted the 911 S to 190 bhp. The engine size was increased in 1970 to 2,185 cc and again in 1972 to 2,341 cc. That same year, the 911 S five-speed gearshift was revised to a traditional H pattern, with first above second gear, instead of a dogleg left.
The 911 S remained an exclusive model since, while Porsche sales increased 50% between 1969 and 1973, the growth was primarily in the 911 E and 911 T models. The sales of 911 S models in that period actually declined, from 1,492 in 1969 to 1,430 in 1973. The year 1973 was a design watershed for Porsche and the end of the long-hood, thin-bumper 911. The 1974 models would have heavier, bigger bumpers to meet 5 mph US crash requirements. However, one aspect of the 1973 design that endured was the front spoiler, which reduced front-end lift by 40%, and would eventually be used on all models.
This Porsche 911 S was sold new in Italy. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity notes it was fitted with air-conditioning, crash bar for the front condenser, radio delete, and obligatory warning triangle. Imported to the US later, it was stored for many years. The consignor purchased the 911S from the second owner in San Antonio, Texas, in June 2010. He then directed what he described as a kind restoration, which is fully documented in the accompanying file.
The car is refinished in its original Light Ivory color, with a glass-out repaint. It retains its original black leatherette interior, with new carpets, dash top, and headliner. New tires were fitted, and the car has its original spare, tools, and jack.
The work took place during a two-year period between 2012 and 2014. It was conducted without regard to expense, and accompanying documents total more than $31,000. The suspension was rebuilt, the engine and drivetrain were disassembled and renewed as necessary, and the consignor believes the mileage of 17,000 km is correct. The next owner of this classic 911 will enjoy the result of the sympathetic attention that Porsches bring out in true collectors.