After two years of successful sales of their new 911 model, Porsche introduced their first model iteration, the 911 S (for “Super”) in 1966. It featured a much more powerful engine, ventilated brake discs, adjustable Koni shock absorbers and a rear anti-roll bar too.
The engine power was up to 160bhp, from the 130bhp of the standard 911. This was achieved through the use of Weber carburettors, a more aggressive camshaft and a higher compression ratio. Peak torque was at a relatively high 5,200 rpm while peak power was produced at 6,600 rpm with a maximum rev limit of 7,200.
The new model enjoyed a 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 141 mph (up from 130 mph for the standard 1965 car).
The car was immediately popular with Porsche customers, although the colour Black was not, with seemingly less than 30 1967 911 S models being made in that colour.
This 911 was delivered new in its current specification to Porsche Cars Pacific, Burlingame, California in August 1967 before being imported to the UK in August 2007 where the car was sent to Tuthill Porsche. They completed extensive works, including rebuilding the engine and gearbox to standard specification.
The current owner then took the car for a full bare shell restoration by renowned Porsche specialists Sportwagen who completed the project in late 2021.
While little is known of the car’s earlier history, the subsequent restoration is extremely well detailed. All of Sportwagen’s work on the car has been extensively documented with over 2,000 photos taken of every step of the restoration.
The car has been set up for fast road use and is ready to be enjoyed as intended.
To some extent, the early 911 S cars have been overlooked by collectors with many focused on the 2.7RS as the high point of pre-73 911 development which unarguably it is. We would suggest, though, that a good 1967 car is nearly as enjoyable to drive and just as significant from a historical perspective.
In many ways, the 2-litre 911 S is the first 911 that embued those usable sportscar elements that made the Porsche the most successful sports car of all time. The early 2-litre cars have a charm and purity of their own, and really drive nicely, but the 911 S has more bite and drives in a more overtly sporty way.
We rate the work of both Sportwagen and Tuthill highly and so it is a true pleasure to bring this special car to market. As a car to own and enjoy, it would be right at the top of our own list.