1965 Porsche 911 Coupe
Chassis no. 302226
Engine no. 902350
1,991cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
130bhp at 6,100rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*A true barn find example of the first 911 model
*Exceedingly original condition throughout
*Matching numbers example
*Factory delivered in Irish Green over Beige
*Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The Porsche 911
"Is the 911 the Best Design Ever?" - Allen St. John, Forbes magazine, April 2012.
This rhetorical question is just one of many tributes provoked by the recent passing of Ferdinand Porsche, all of which reference the 911. It serves as a poignant reminder that among Porsche's many achievements, he created one of the world's most revered production sports cars, a series that continues to endure over half a century after its introduction. Now on the far side of its 50th anniversary, the iconic shape of the 911 remains as coveted as it ever was. For drivers seeking state of the art technology, the seventh generation of the 911 will satisfy their needs, while each of its previous iterations provides a clear picture of the evolution of its design and formidable performance. Without question the most historically significant Porsche model of all time, the 911 lives on.
The 901 prototype would be introduced at the September 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, though it would be towards the end of 1964 before Porsche was ready to put the new model into production at Zuffenhausen. First, the name had to be changed, as Peugeot owned the rights to car model names using three digits and a zero in the middle, and took issue with Porsche over their proposed nomenclature. So 911 it was.
Today, early 911s continue to be competitive in vintage racing and rallying, while making for one of these most popular and usable vintage sports cars for the road. The earliest models possess a unique purity and elegance, and as the first of the breed, the 1965 models are by far the most sought-after.
The Motorcar Offered
According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity issued for this car, this 911 was built as a 1965 model year car and completed at the Zuffenhausen Porsche works on September 2, 1965. It was finished in the same color combination it wears today, 6606 Irish Green over a beige leatherette interior with the 901 5-speed manual transaxle. The new 911 was fitted with American-spec lights and lenses, and shipped off to the States to be received by its first owner.
Service records indicate winemaker Mr. Kurt Kalb of Pennsylvania owning the car in 1971, and it is quite possible that Kalb was the car's first owner. Mr. Kalb is believed to have sold the green 911 to its next long-term owner, Dr. Brody, a psychiatrist at the Embreeville, Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital, in the late 1970's. By the mid-1980's, Dr. Brody had parked the very original 911 in a barn near Spring City, Pennsylvania, and there it sat until 2012.
When discovered in the barn by its present owner, he quickly realized it was something very special: a very original 1965 911 with its matching numbers engine intact, and its correct date-coded wheels with hubcaps still in place. A car that was never taken apart for restoration, the 911 shows original paint in the doorjambs and compartments, and possibly some exterior panels as well. The original chrome and bright work is still in place. Inside one finds a nearly completely original interior, from seat and panel upholstery, to headliner, wooden dash veneer, steering wheel and gauges, all intact and original. The floors are solid and original, and throughout the car no major rust or previous rust repairs have been found. The engine compartment is correct and largely untouched as well, and recently the engine was run under its own power although with alternate fuel delivery. Old PCA membership plaques mounted on the rear engine grille attest to Dr. Brody's enthusiastic ownership and involvement in the club.
Here is a chance to buy one of the very rare, first of the line examples of the iconic 911, in a wonderful color combination. A matching numbers example, this highly original 911 would be a perfect candidate for a light re-commissioning, or a full nut-and-bolt restoration to PCA judging standards.
- Please note that some rust and rust repairs have been found on the car.