In 1964, Porsche began phasing out the ageing 356 model and introduced the more modern 911. Less than two years later, the first significant model upgrade was announced and the 911 S was unveiled at the Hockenheimring in August 1966.
The 911S has become such an important model in Porsche history that it is often simply referred to as the ‘67S’.
The upgraded car set the benchmark for all of the higher performance 911s that followed, with a number of logical modifications that resulted in a significant step up from the original 911. As Brian Long states in his well-respected book on the early 911 – ‘Porsche 911: The Definitive History 1963/71’ – the S received praise from both journalists and customers alike for its performance and handling compared to its predecessor. One blip of the throttle and it was obvious that the new car was aimed at the experienced, performance-oriented customer who liked his car focused and his power plentiful.
The car for sale here has recently finished an extensive build with multiple UK specialists. The owner took immense care with the project and the finished car is stunning in all regards.
Chassis number: 308068S
Engine: 2.0-litre flat 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 4225 miles
Colour: Aga Blue
Of the 10,000 cars produced by Porsche in 1967, 3,422 of the 911 run were S models, suggesting perhaps that a 67S is not all that rare. However, many of the cars didn’t survive the years of neglect and low values, and very few were specified in RHD. Our car, today registered OLL 6E, as it was originally, is one of what is generally acknowledged to have been a mere 35 or so RHD cars produced.
From the 1970s onwards, Porsche would build around 5-10% of its production cars in RHD. In 1967 it was barely 1%. For the price of a 911 S, you could purchase a Jaguar E-Type “and an Austin Healey 3000 with the change” as Long claims, indicating the scale of the problem Porsche faced when marketing into the UK. What that means for today’s enthusiast and collector, given such low survival rates, is that RHD 1967 S cars are rare, significant, highly desirable, and do not come to market often.
While the price of a new 911 S was around DM3,500 more than the standard 911, the step up in performance was significant. As opposed to the standard car’s 130bhp at 6,200rpm and 129lb ft of torque at 4,200rpm, the S produced 160bhp at 6,600rpm and 132nm of torque at 5,200rpm, accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 6.9 seconds with a claimed top speed of over 140mph (225kph).
Rather than redesigning the engine block, the extra power was gained by using new Weber carburettors with different venturis, increasing the compression ratio from 9.0 to 9.8:1, changing the con rods, using new heads with bigger valves, a more aggressive camshaft and a modified exhaust.
For the extra money, customers also enjoyed Koni shock absorbers, a 16mm roll bar at the front, and also one at the rear for the first time on a 900 series car. The brakes were significantly upgraded and improved with ventilated discs (which was unusual at the time) and the 67S was, famously, the first Porsche to be offered with Fuchs wheels as standard – 2.3kgs lighter than standard steels.
To complement the engineering upgrade, there were changes to the trim inside and out with a leather rimmed steering wheel and basket weave finishes. But the beautiful five green dials and gearbox (except for 5th) were left standard, with the possibility to specify different ratios as your purpose dictated. While the car looked broadly the same as the standard 911, the drive was anything but.
This car was purchased a few years ago by UK based enthusiast, Mark Fuller. Like many UK based cars, it had lived a hard life and most recently it had been prepared by Tuthill Porsche for use on the Tour Britannia, leaving it well used and a great potential base for a restoration. Previously painted silver, it has since been restored to its original period colour ‘Aga Blue’.
The complete restoration process was publicly documented on the Early 911S Forum (available to view online) and the car soon became very well known in the early Porsche community. Originally intending to restore the car to road specification, the owner discovered two factory-published documents, ‘Porsche for the Competition Driver’ from 1967 and ‘Information Regarding Porsche Vehicles Used for Sports Purposes’ from 1968, in which Porsche suggested and marketed upgrade packages for 911s that were designed to help a private owner prepare his car for the hillclimbs, rallies, races and airport sprint events that were so popular, in period. Taken with the content of these documents, Mark came up with a clear plan to build his car to a ‘Sports Purpose’ finish.
Metalwork was carried out to a high standard by Chesterton’s Coachworks, with all new panels where required, whilst the paint was applied by Limn Historics and the car was built up by Gary Cook at GDC Automotive, all well-known and respected UK based experts. The engine in the car when purchased was a non-original 1965 unit so a correct 1967 S crankcase was sourced and fitted along with the original gearbox by engine builder, Mike Fletcher. The engine was built to a slightly enhanced spec having a 10.5:1 compression ratio with Wossner ’S’ pistons, the heat exchangers were removed and a straight-through exhaust was added, all resulting in an exceptional drive. The gearbox, which had been prepared to rally specification by Tuthill Porsche, was taken back to standard ratios and the Gripper limited slip differential was retained but set to 40%.
The car was trimmed using period correct vinyl by Garry Hall at Porsche restorers, Classic FX, and the finishing touches were added such as the retention of much of the original trim and the fitment of two exceptional period Recaro seats, one bucket, one folding. They are rare and valuable, and, in our opinion, with the performance and the colour, they make the car.
Whilst the subsequent 1968 S is a rarer car today, the 1967 version remains a favourite of the early 911 models for Porsche enthusiasts like us, retaining those early, green dial VDO gauges and original-finish early Fuchs wheels. It is a key evolutionary link between the first, post-356, 911s and the later ‘68 and ‘69 cars, which finally nailed down the classic Porsche look and feel that would last for a couple of decades without serious revision. For that, they are special.
This car has not simply been restored to a ‘as it left the factory’ specification but has attempted to take on another level of Porsche history. In all important respects, it is road specification correct but it has been further detailed to bring it in line with the Porsche factory’s own recommendations for contemporary sporting improvements. Seats, exhaust, wheels etc. are all great additions, but they can be reversed if desired. We love the dedication and passion for originality that Mark poured into this restoration and we think the results are impressive. It is difficult to imagine a better handling 1967 S road car.
To us, having the original engine is only one of many things we look for as ideal to find in a historic car. This 911 S in its period ‘Aga Blue’ colour, freshly and properly restored, has been rebuilt in a most faithful way, with a correct 1967 engine and extensive improvements, carefully chosen from the factory endorsed, period lists. It is a car that should appeal to anyone who revels in the pure visceral performance of quick early 911s and who appreciates the history of these early short wheelbase cars and the way that they were used by their pioneering owners for ‘sports purposes’.