Less than two years after the launch of the original 911, Porsche unveiled the ‘S’ at the Hockenheimring in August 1966, the first major upgrade of the iconic model.
The car was significantly upgraded over the first 911s, with nearly 25% more power and substantially upgraded suspension and brakes. The interior was also improved and modernised.
This very original, matching-numbers, right hand drive 911S dates from early MY 1968 and was sold in the UK with its unique paint to sample colour scheme. It has recently been totally restored by a well-respected Porsche specialist.
Chassis number: 11800223
Engine: 2.0-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Colour: Jaguar Indigo Blue
Porsche sought the desired performance upgrade for the ‘S’ through a combination of revisions to the existing 911 engine, including a new Weber carburettor setup, producing an output of 160hp.
The braking system was also improved using ventilated discs, whilst Fuchs alloy wheels were offered for the first time as standard, becoming one of the defining aesthetic features. New trim additions included a leather rimmed steering wheel, basket weave finishes and higher quality carpeting, as well as gold 911 S badge.
New emissions regulations in the USA in 1968 meant the higher powered ‘S’ proved expensive to import, whilst devaluation of the pound and rise in petrol prices in England also put strains on importing to the UK, resulting in lower production numbers ‘S’ for that year, making this car a particularly rare example.
Chassis 11800223 is an original, matching-numbers RHD 911S manufactured in Germany to UK specification. Completed on 9 October 1967, this MY 1968 car is thought to be one of approximately only 35 made for the RHD markets.
The exterior paint is a most unusual feature, believed to be the only example recorded as Jaguar ‘Indigo Blue’. First registered on 20 October 1967, little known of the car’s ownership history before it was sold to John Traynor of Beverley, East Yorkshire. Complete but having spent many years off the road, the car required a full, ground-up restoration, with the extensive project undertaken by classic Porsche workshop, Canford Classics
A complete set of invoices are available, detailing all work carried out over the three-year restoration, with the car finally registered on 1 April 2015 as ‘PRH 64F’. Still retaining its original mechanical components, the car is a special opportunity to obtain one of the rarest ‘S’ examples.
Our original RHD car is one of only thirty-five 911 S delivered to the UK that year, and certainly the only one finished in attractive Jaguar ‘Indigo Blue’ paint, factors that should pique the interests of any discernible collector.
Comprehensively restored to original specification, the car features a host of the prized features that makes the ‘S’ such a favourite amongst early 911 models, whilst the overhauled original engine and gearbox ensure this car delivers the expected ‘S’ performance on the road too. These cars are beautifully pure to drive while the S upgrades really gave it the performance and handling to match the looks and image of Porsche. This (like so many 911s) is a wonderful car to drive in all circumstances and conditions but with that unique 1960s look that is so popular now.
Given the incredibly rare RHD setup, its full matching-numbers status and the unique paint and interior, this is literally a ‘one-off’ opportunity to buy a collector type car that you should be quite happy to drive, use and enjoy today.