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A late-production, US-delivery example of the classic first-generation 911 series, identified by Porsche purists as Type 901, this 1973-model Porsche 911 S was built on October 1, 1972. Originally finished in Gold Metallic (Code 8888), one of Porsche’s optional high-visibility “safety” colors of the era, the 911 S was complemented by black leather upholstery and fitted with a number of factory-installed options, including US-mandated safety and emissions equipment, uprated stabilizer bars and Koni shock absorbers, green-tinted glass, and a set of Dunlop tires.
For much of its existence, this 911 S is understood to have resided in the southwestern US with owners in Texas and California, prior to undergoing a total concours-level restoration during the early 2000s commissioned by the prior owner, costing $75,000 to complete. During the process, the car was fully disassembled, stripped, and then refinished in its original livery. All systems and components were either carefully restored or replaced. Of particular note, and in testimony to the quality and totality of the restorative work lavished on the car, the underbody, chassis, and suspension were restored and detailed, as evidenced by the selection of photographs documenting the work as it was performed. The original 2.4-liter engine was upgraded during the restoration to 2.7 specifications, netting a significant performance enhancement. The current owner acquired this 911 S in 2005 and has carefully maintained the car. In a letter accompanying the car, a Porsche Club of America concours judge states that it is “clearly the benchmark by which other early 911s are measured.”
Predictably, ever since it was restored, this 911 S has been a consistent local and regional- level concours winner at various events in the southeastern US, including South Carolina’s prestigious Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. Now offered complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and remaining quite stunning in presentation, this 1973 911 S remains an outstanding example of what serious Porsche enthusiasts and experts alike consider to be the ultimate expression of Porsche’s early 911 road car.