1965 Porsche 911 Coupe
Chassis no. 301763
Engine no. 901857
'Is the 911 the Best Design Ever?' - Allen St. John, Forbes Magazine, April 2012.
This is just one of many tributes provoked by the recent passing of Ferdinand Porsche all of which reference the 911 and serve as a poignant reminder that among his many achievements he created the longest running series of production cars of all. Knocking on the door of its 50th anniversary, the iconic shape of the 911 remains as covetable as it ever was. For those who require state of the art technology, the seventh generation of these cars will satisfy their needs, while each of its previous iterations provides each generation of aficionado with their own souvenirs of the formidable strength of its design and performance.
Here it is in its original and purest form, a stock 1965 911. According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity the car was built on July 14, 1965 and fitted with the engine it retains to this day. That document also states that it was supplied in Light Ivory paint scheme, with black leather interior and equipped with Webasto heater, 2 headrests, tinted glass all round, a Blaupunkt 'Koln' Radio, Loudspeaker, Antenna, Roof Rack, seat belts and two leather trunk straps. Owing to its kilometer odometer, it is assumed to have been an original domestic supplied car.
The 911 was acquired by the present owner seven years ago from an estate sale in Massachusetts. According to the family of the former owner, it been purchased by him back in 1968/9, then brought to New England shortly after this and then laid up in 1974. Its odometer by this time read approximately 40,100kms, which is thought must have been original.
When acquired the current owner found it to be in good structural order, with only a couple of areas of corrosion and importantly complete in most respects, including details rarely found such as its Solex carburetors. A thorough and photo documented restoration was commissioned. As part of this work, the bodywork was stripped to bare metal and restored properly, with metal, rather than filler and the original floors were able to be retained, this work being carried out by Auto Shoppe in Burlington, VT. The interior was sympathetically redone by Mike Lanier of Richmond Upholstery and the engine was entrusted to Jay Barry of Gloucester, MA.
This work has recently been completed and a full tune up and suspension set up carried out by Karosserie in Fairfax, VA. Although not ready at the time of catalog photography, the correct date stamped chrome wheels will be finished and refitted to the car for the sale.
Long favored by the historic rally eventers, many of this year's production have formed the basis for hotted up competition cars, so to find a good and correct example is rare. As such, this benchmark of this iconic model, fresh from restoration is deserving of close inspection.