During the 1960s Porsche was looking to make a bigger, more powerful sportscar that could take over the ageing 356. Ferdinand Porsche started developing a new chassis and body while his cousin, Ferdinand Piech simultaneously started to work on a new engine for their new car. After a few years of research and development the Porsche 901 was born in 1963. But due to naming objections from Peugeot, who were claiming rights to using three digit names with a ‘0’ in the middle, the name was changed to what we know today as the iconic 911.
The 1964 Porsche 911 had a 2.0-litre flat-six, air-cooled engine in boxer configuration mounted at the back, that produced near about 180 bhp. It had become an instant hit among sportscar enthusiasts, but then there was still some who needed more. So to elevate the performance of the Porsche 911, the company soon came out with the 911 S model which boasted some impressive upgrades from the standard model. Beginning production in 1967, the Porsche 911 S was everything one would need to compete in racing. The car had forged pistons, raised crowns, high-performance camshafts, stronger connecting rods, weber IDS carburettors and a revised exhaust ducting.
This particular Porsche 911 S 2.2 Coupé was the first to bring in Bosch mechanical fuel injection while featuring front and rear independent suspensions and four wheel disc brakes. Restored to perfection, this 911 S features an interior finished to GT Sports specification and also boasts period-correct Recaro racing seats, harnesses, leather-wrapped 380mm steering wheel and lightweight 911 R-inspired door cards.. This early 911 S is also eligible to directly participate in the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic without any modifications. The car goes on sale at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auction slated to be held on February 3, 2016.
Photos © Tim Scott courtesy RM Sotheby’s