1966 Porsche 911 2L SWB : #303618
Lot 566
Rare version châssis court,1966 Porsche 911 coupé Chassis no. 303618 Engine no. 903799
Sold for €42,550 (US$ 57,140) inc. premium
Lot Details
Rare version châssis court
1966 Porsche 911 coupé
Chassis no. 303618
Engine no. 903799
"Classique moderne" par excellence, sportive éternelle de Porsche, la 911 dut dévoilée au Salon de Francfort en 1963 sous le nom de 901, mais peu avant que la production ne démarre en 1964 devint 911, suite à une plainte de Peugeot concernant l'exclusivité du 0 central pour la nomenclature de ses modèles.

L'architecture à moteur arrière en porte-à-faux de sa devancière, la 356, fut retenue, mais la 911 optait pour une construction monocoque pour sa carrosserie, abandonnant la suspension Volkswagen pour un ensemble McPherson et bras tirés plus moderne. Dans sa première mouture, le six cylindres à plat à simple arbre à cames en tête refroidi par air de Porsche faisait 1 991 cm3 et développait 130 ch. Progressivement réalésé et retravaillé, il allait grimper à 3 litres et, dans sa forme turbocompressé, développer plus de 300 ch.

Construite en 1966, la 911 châssis 303618 est l'une des premières 911 à conduite à gauche (la numérotation des châssis commence à 300001).

C'est une des voitures avec le châssis court, particulièrement prisée des amateurs de rallye historiques, ce qui rend les exemplaires non modifiés, comme celui-ci, particulièrement rares sur le marché.

Un ancien titre de circulation californien sur fichier montre que la voiture connut une première vie aux États-Unis, tandis qu'un reçu d'achat manuscrit témoigne de sa vente par un certain Fabian Dauby au propriétaire actuel, en décembre 2006.

De nombreuses factures d'entretien et de pièces détachées témoignent des soins méticuleux et de l'attention particulière dont elle a été l'objet par le vendeur, avec une restauration de la carrosserie et une réfection du moteur pour la somme de 12 971 £ en mai 2011. Une des rares 911 encore facilement acceptées par la majorité des organisateurs de rallyes historiques.

50 000 - 70 000 €

Rare version short chassis
1966 Porsche 911 coupé
Chassis n° 303618
Engine n° 903799

A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 sports car first appeared at the 1963 Frankfurt Show as the '901', but shortly after production proper commenced in 1964 had become the '911' following Peugeot's complaints about the use of '0' model numbers.

The preceding Type 356's rear-engined layout was retained but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six engine displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3.0 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.

Manufactured in 1966, chassis number '303618' is an early left-hand drive 911 (the chassis numbering sequence commenced at '300001').

It is an early, short-wheelbase car of the type much favoured by the historic rallying fraternity, a situation that has led to unmodified examples such as this one becoming a great rarity.

An old State of California Certificate of Title on file shows that the car was previously in the USA, while a hand-written purchase receipt records its sale by one Fabian Dauby to the current owner in December 2006.

Numerous service/maintenance and parts invoices on file testify to the care and attention lavished by the vendor on this car, which benefits from bodywork restoration and an engine rebuild, the latter costing €12,971 in May 2011. A rare model of a 911 that is still welcome by the majority of rally organisers.
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