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Lot 566: Porsche 911 coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

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 '303618' is an early left-hand drive 911 (the chassis numbering sequence commenced at '300001'). 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. An old State of California Certificate of Title on file shows that the car was previously in the USA, while a hand-written purchase receipt records its sale by one Fabian Dauby to the current owner in December 2006. Numerous service/maintenance and parts invoices on file testify to the care and attention lavished by the vendor on this car, which benefits from bodywork restoration and an engine rebuild, the latter costing ¬12,971 in May 2011. A rare model of a 911 that is still welcome by the majority of rally organisers.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number566
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€37000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€42550
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Chassis number303618
Engine number903799
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