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Lot 236

1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 307588S
  • Engine no. 961309

Sold for $253,000

160 bhp, 1,991 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with dual Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 87 in.

  • Single-family California ownership from new until 2013
  • Desirable early short-wheelbase 911 S; never restored or repainted
  • Cosmetically original “black-plate” example
  • Special-order Tangerine (Blutorange) color
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity, copy of factory Kardex, and original service book

The 911 S, introduced in 1967, was a potent Porsche and a marked improvement over its less-powerful 1966 predecessor. Porsche’s new all-aluminum, single-overhead-cam, dry-sumped 2.0-liter engine boasted a forged steel crankshaft, forged light alloy pistons, and soft nitride-forged steel connecting rods. Breathing through a larger 42-millimeter intake, 38-millimeter exhaust valves, and a pair of 40IDS Weber triple-throat carburetors, the Type 901/02 powerplant gave a solid 160 brake horsepower. The 911 S also had upgraded brakes with ventilated discs, Koni shocks, a rear anti-roll bar, and a set of handsome and lightweight Fuchs forged alloy wheels.

The 911 “Super” was indeed just that—it was capable of reaching 140 mph in fifth gear. By 1967, Porsche owners were winning amateur races on a regular basis. When the SCCA announced a professional racing series for sedans, the hotly competitive Trans-American Sedan Championship, Porsche pounced on a loophole in the rules that allowed it to compete in the Trans-Am’s Under-Two-Liter category. Coming away with the 1967 U2 Series Championship, Porsche proved it was capable of not only defeating rivals like Alfa Romeo and other small sedans and coupes but also larger five-liter Mustangs, Camaros, and Chrysler products as well, especially on tight circuits where handling was paramount.

This 1967 911 S was originally delivered through VW Pacific in Culver City, California, to John von Neumann’s famous Competition Motors on April 29, 1967, and thence to its first owner, Hollis L. Clanton, of Granada Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. Chassis number 307588S left the factory wearing special-order Blutorange paint (P2002) over a black leatherette interior. The car was equipped with several options, including a tinted windshield, a left-hand outside mirror, a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio with its associated antenna and single speaker, and a Webasto gas heater.

Mr. Clanton passed this car on to his son, who retained ownership until it was sold in 2013 to the consignor. Today, this 911 S Coupe appears in nearly all-original condition, still fitted with its factory-installed engine and an excellent dashboard cap. The owner notes that the car has never been repainted and even wears its original and very rare 4.5x15-inch wheels (including the original spare). It is supplied with extensive original documentation, including decades of California registration certificates from new, as well as the original service book.

Early Porsches in this condition are highly sought after by marque enthusiasts. It would be a perfect candidate for Preservation class at many major concours.

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