The ex-Porsche Cars GB press fleet, earliest right-hand drive 911S imported into the UK 1966 Porsche 911S SWB Coupé Registration no. LYY 911D Chassis no. 305328 Engine no. 960043
'The Porsche 911S is a car one never likes to leave parked when one could be driving it somewhere.' The Autocar.
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 '305328' is the earliest right-hand drive 911S imported into the UK. 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. Originally white, 'LYY 911D' was tested by The Autocar magazine (14th October 1966 edition, copy article available) which described it as an 'outstanding 2-litre GT with sparkling acceleration and high top speed. Exceptionally light controls with fade-free brakes and excellent steering.' The highly respected motoring journal observed that care needed to be taken in wet conditions and that the rear seating was merely 'occasional', while praising the 'comfortable ride and seating' of a 'well finished, high precision car'.
In the current vendor's possession since 1988, 'LYY 911D' has been off the road since 1979 and is presented in 'barn find' condition and sold strictly as viewed. Mostly complete, it comes with a spare door, lights and wheel. Accompanying documentation consists of two old tax discs and email printouts from Porsche Club Great Britain Archivist, Peter Cook, confirming its provenance.