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The 911 debuted in 1964, replacing the 356 C and ushering in a new era for Porsche. In 1967, the high-performance 911 S appeared with a tuned flat six, Weber carburetors, ventilated disc brakes, uprated suspension, and distinctive new Fuchs alloy wheels. A longer-wheelbase platform and mechanical fuel injection arrived in 1969, and by 1972, Porsche had adopted a 190 bhp, 2.4-liter engine coupled to a robust type 915 transaxle. The 911 S remained the top-of-the-line Porsche model through 1973, when Porsche introduced the Carrera RS 2.7.
This 911 S was completed in May 1973, handsomely finished in black over beige leatherette upholstery and equipped with tinted glass and Michelin tires. It was delivered to its first owner in Italy, according to its accompanying Porsche Certificate of Origin. Details of early ownership are sparse, but it is clear that the 911 S was exported to the US and owned by Joseph Courtney of Connecticut prior to 2013.
In 2014, he commissioned marque specialists Musante Motorsports of South Windsor, Connecticut, to perform a complete, show-quality restoration. An album of detailed restoration photographs leaves no doubt as to the level of time, expertise, and money expended on returning this Porsche to its factory-correct condition.
The car was fully dismantled; the chassis and suspension were stripped; the brakes, hubs, trim, and electrical components were restored; and an array of elements on the car were examined, repaired, or replaced with OEM parts, as needed. The body was stripped, primed, and refinished in the original special-order black finish, and then carefully reassembled, paying meticulous attention to panel fit.
The interior was trimmed in the correct beige leatherette material, and the wheels and outside trim were refinished to ensure a bright and polished presentation. The original 2.4-liter engine was rebuilt and detailed to show standards. Today, under new ownership, the car remains in superb condition in all respects and is accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Origin, owner’s manual, and tool kit.
This meticulously restored 1973 911 S is an excellent candidate for a variety of concours, PCA events, and organized tours. Its stunning original color scheme and desirable Italian-delivery specification set this car apart from other early 911 models. Given its impressive presentation and reputation as the most refined early 911 model, this 1973 S is worthy of serious consideration.