Porsche’s ground-breaking 356 sportscar had served the company well since 1948, but by the 1960s its replacement was long overdue. First revealed to the public in 1963, the new 911 brought wholesale improvements over the outgoing design, and while it shared its predecessors slightly unconventional rear-engined configuration, it proved a leap forward in terms of both performance and driving dynamics.
Better than the aging 356 in almost every regard, the 901-generation 911’s most notable feature was perhaps its engine, a 1,991-cc air-cooled flat-six with a claimed peak output of 130 horsepower. Development of the new sportscar was rapid, and by 1966 an improved “S” variant entered showrooms, bringing with it numerous upgrades; the front anti-roll bar was uprated; an anti-roll bar was fitted at the rear of the car; ventilated disc brakes were added; and the standard steel wheels were replaced with 15-inch five-spoke forged alloy items from Fuchs.
The most notable changes were made to the engine, which benefited from a raft of improvements ranging from bigger valves and forged pistons to bigger Weber carburettors and a more free-flowing exhaust system. The cumulative effect of these changes was a considerable bump in total power output from 130 horsepower to 160 horsepower.
According to a copy of its factory Kardex sheet, chassis 306767 was completed on 11 November 1966—just a few months into the model’s production run—and was delivered to its first owner via Munich-based concessionaire, Mahag.
The car was finished in Silver Metallic over a complementary black interior, and was further specified with a radio antenna and Webasto heater. Expired registration documents on file note that by 2004 the car resided in Italy, where it remained for the following decade. In July 2014 ownership transferred to Vipergreen S.r.l, and by September that year the car had been sold to respected collector Giovanni Innocenti. The consignor acquired the Porsche from Innocenti on 17 July 2017, and it has remained in his Swiss-based collection ever since.
Today, this charming Porsche 911 S Coupé sports its factory-correct shade of Silver Metallic and retains its matching-numbers engine and chassis. Well presented and highly collectable, this relatively early short-wheelbase 911 S would make a fine addition to any collection.