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Lot 38

2020   |   Amelia Island 2020

1973 Porsche 911 S

SOLD $280,000

Estimate

$250,000 - $325,000

Chassis

9113300922

Engine

6331458

Car Highlights

Modified when New for Racing Legend Peter Gregg for Use as His Personal Car
The First Road-Going Porsche to Carry the Famed Brumos Stripes
Modifications Made in Strict Consultation with Porsche – Solely of Factory Parts
Accompanied by an Extensive File of Original Documentation and Receipts
An Extremely Important Porsche Which Influenced Later Porsche Road Car Specifications
Stunningly Restored with Its Matching-Numbers Drivetrain and Original Livery

Technical Specs

2,681 CC Air-Cooled SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
199 BHP at 7,142 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
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Peter Gregg/Brumos Porsche, Jacksonville, Florida (acquired new in 1973)Dr. Bernard Morgan, Jacksonville, Florida (acquired from the above in 1974)Dr. James Simpson, Jacksonville, Florida (acquired from the above in 1979)Brumos Motors, Jacksonville, Florida (acquired from the above in 1987)Robert Snodgrass, Jacksonville, Florida (acquired from the above in 1989)Vincent and Marlene Di Umberto, Ormond Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 1990)Michael Mead, Dallas, Texas (acquired from the above in 1991)Richard and Mary Ann Garwood, West Palm Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 2005)George and Emily Calfo, Chatham, New Jersey (acquired from the above via Klub Sport Racing in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2012)

In the decades since the untimely passing of Peter Gregg, much has been written about his rare driving talents and sharp business acumen. In the early 1960s, Gregg began his illustrious professional racing career and his accumulation of automotive dealerships almost simultaneously. Most notably, he acquired Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1965. Behind the wheel, Gregg posted an incredible list of victories, including multiple championships in SCCA, IMSA, and Trans Am divisions and three Overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

In late 1972, Gregg hatched a plan to create a very special 911 S to serve as his personal road car. In keeping with Gregg’s notoriously exacting nature, all modifications made to his car by his Brumos service department were to be in consultation with and approved by the Porsche factory, and strictly limited to the use of Porsche factory parts. Porsche took careful notice of the project and incorporated many of these upgrades into future models.

The building process began with the addition of Carrera RS steel flares and modified rear bumper, with the Porsche Racing Parts Department supplying a ducktail rear-deck spoiler. In front, the bumper guards were deleted and then-exotic Cibiē quartz-iodine headlamp units were added. Handling was enhanced by Fuchs 15" x 7" and 15" x 9" wheels as well as larger sway bars and stronger stabilizer bars. As a finishing touch, the famous Brumos stripes, largely of Gregg’s own design, were added to the silver S, bordered in white. This 911 S was the first road-going Porsche to wear these iconic stripes.

In 1974, Gregg sold the Porsche to a long-term client, who traded it for his 916 and retained the car until 1979, before selling it to a friend and colleague, who drove it approximately 80,000 miles as his daily transport over the next seven years. Then in 1987, showing over 130,000 miles, it was reacquired by Brumos and treated to a thorough bare-metal restoration to its original specifications. At this time, the windshield wipers were modified to park on the right, matching the specification of Porsche racing cars of the period.

Upon completion of the restoration in 1989, it was purchased by Brumos manager Bob Snodgrass for his personal collection. The 911 then passed through the hands of several appreciative owners, who cumulatively added approximately 50,000 miles, before it was acquired in 2012 by the consignor, a Porsche dealer in the 1970s. He soon embarked on a no-expense-spared refurbishment of the 911 S by one of the most respected Porsche shops in the country, Automobile Associates of Canton, Connecticut.

Invoices show that the work included a complete windows-out strip and repaint with Glasurit materials; a complete rebuild on the matching-numbers engine; disassembly, inspection, and resealing of the transaxle; all-new brakes; and a complete suspension rebuild. A prior owner increased the displacement of the engine to 2.7 liters, and it remains so today. The engine was dynamometer tested in 2013 at 199.8 rear-wheel hp at 7,142 rpm. Following the restoration, the owner entered the car on various rallies including the New England 1000, and has enjoyed the car for nearly 10,000 miles.

Presenting today in pristine, restored condition, this important and historic 911 is documented with a tome of original paperwork and receipts dating back to new, beginning with the original invoices from Porsche memorializing the initial build. Additionally, a precious handwritten note from Peter Gregg to Dr. James Simpson has now been reunited with the car, and serves to further authenticate its unique history. The original manual set, with the maintenance record booklet bearing Gregg’s name; a certificate from Porsche dated 1991, confirming the 911’s drivetrain numbers; and a rare set of Fuchs 15" x 7" front and 15" x 9" rear wheels accompany the sale. This is the first public offering of this special 911 S, a car that helped shape future Porsche road car specifications for generations to come.