Please note this car is currently undergoing registration in Germany. RM Sotheby’s cannot guarantee this will be available by the time of sale.
Porsche took its first major step in the evolution of its soon-to-be immortal 911 for the 1969 model year, extending the wheelbase of the new “B” series by six centimetres in the interest of improved stability. The wheel openings were also modified to accommodate larger wheels and tyres. Under the engine lid, the air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine remained at two litres of displacement but was built on a new magnesium-alloy case.
The 911 was now offered in three variations: the 110-horsepower 911 T, the 140-horsepower 911 E, and the potent 170-horsepower 911 S. First introduced in 1967, the 911 S was the ultimate production Porsche. It featured a reprofiled camshaft, larger valves, better porting, titanium alloy connecting rods, and a higher compression ratio. Initially fed by two 40 IDS Weber triple-barrel carburettors, the 911 S was upgraded for 1969 with a Bosch mechanical fuel injection system which added an additional 10 horsepower. Chassis upgrades extended beyond the stretched wheelbase with the 911 S fitted with a rear anti-roll bar, stiffer front anti-roll bar, Koni shocks, and upgraded four-wheel disc brakes with ventilated rotors. The “S” package also included special gear ratios fitted to its five-speed overdrive transmission.
As confirmed by the copy of its Kardex factory build record (available to view on file), the 911 S offered here retains its matching-numbers chassis, engine, and gearbox. It was delivered new to the Venetian suburb of Mestre, Italy in January 1969, specified in Koenigsblau (Royal Blue), then a 356-exclusive colour that was no longer being offered on the 911. The first owner further customised his car with a black leatherette interior with black and white basketweave seat inserts. The Porsche was later documented to reside in Borgetto, near Palermo.
Showing evidence of a prior restoration, this 911 S Coupé presents an excellent opportunity to experience Stuttgart’s late 1960s masterpiece at first-hand.
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