1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 Coupe
Chassis no. 9110301243
Engine no. 6301675
2,195cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
180bhp at 6,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exceptionally well-presented 911S
*Presented in the original color combination
*Low-mileage, California car
*Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The Porsche 911S
The first of many high-performance versions of the newly introduced 911 arrived in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph. A lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911's handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements - to 2.2-liters.
By this time, the 911 models had established itself as one of Europe's most refined and enjoyable sports cars for the road, and also as a serious weapon on the racetrack in production-based formulae.
To have a Porsche 911 as a road car made a statement - you knew about the best things in life. Just take the king of cool for instance; in the opening scenes of the cult movie Le Mans, Steve McQueen is seen charging around French country roads in a 2.2-liter 1970 911S - the glorious sound of its flat-six and virtually open fuel injection intakes are remembered by most who have seen the movie. It's perhaps no surprise that McQueen kept one for his own personal use long after filming was over.
These 2.2-liter 911S models are nowadays considered one of the most sought after pre-1973 911's, offering a very flexible torque-curve, yet retaining the light, rev-happy feel of the earlier 2.0-liter models.
The Motorcar Offered
Finished at the Zuffenhausen Porsche plant on March 25th, 1970, this excellent top-of-the-line S model was specified as a US delivery car, fitted with the comfort package, tinted glass, and an antenna, and finished in the classic color of silver metallic (8080) with a black leatherette interior. The 911 is believed to have been purchased new by a California resident, and retained its original blue and yellow California license plates up through the 1990s. Receipts from various Porsche specialist shops in Northern California indicate the 911 being owned by Rocklin, California resident, Frank Lagrasso in the mid-1990s; indicated mileage during this period was only 47,595 miles, a figure that is believed to be original. By the turn of the millennium, the 911 was owned by David Johnson of Petaluma, California, who would continue the devoted maintenance and service plan this car had enjoyed through the past 3 decades. During Mr. Johnson's ownership the 911 received a set of the period correct Hella driving lights, neatly fitted though the horn grilles, as well as a set of original 911 sports seats, a period correct option that certainly improves the driving experience.
By 2007 the car had come into the possession of San Jose resident Richard Diehls, who would continue preserving the largely original and low-mile Porsche. During Diehls' ownership, Porsche specialist Jerry Woods went through the car both cosmetically and mechanically, refurbishing and servicing it as needed. During this time, Harvey Weidman refurbished the original Fuchs wheels, and new Michelin XWX tires were installed. Purchased by the current owner in 2009, an East Coast connoisseur with a taste for the very best, this low-mileage 911S has remained in excellent care. Noted restorer Mark Allin of New Hampshire based Rare Drive, Inc, has since performed a full engine-out service, and treated the trim to new anodizing. The refurbishing work by this award winning restoration shop totals nearly $20,000 in receipts.
Offered here is a truly exceptional example of the iconic 911S, one of the best driving sports cars ever built. Both cosmetically and mechanically this car stands out, and would be a strong contender at any PCA judged event, or a superb entry for rallies and tours.