The Porsche 911 was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, its elegantly sleek lines and air-cooled rear-mounted engine marking it as a clear descendent of the 356, Porsche's first production sports car which dated back to 1948. The 911 was larger than the 356 and boasted a more powerful 2 litre flat six boxer engine in place of its precursor's 1.6 litre flat four. At first produced in just one version, by late 1966 (for the 1967 model year) there were three iterations of the 911: the basic car which was marketed as the 'Normal', a better equipped Deluxe version and the high-performance 911S.
The car offered here occupies a fascinating place in 911 history. The chassis number of 303828 indicates a February 1966 build date but intriguingly the car was not delivered to UK dealers AFN until December 1966 by which time it appears it had been rebranded to Deluxe specification. Finally road registered on 16 January 1967 there is the possibility that it was the first Deluxe 911 into the UK and used by AFN as a press car although it has not been possible to verify this.
The car benefits from a painstaking restoration which was completed by Heritage Motorwerks in 2015, with great attention being paid to ensuring correct detailing such as the dashboard with its distinctive wooden insert and seats of the correct age. Under the bonnet the correct air cleaner and wiring harness were sourced, and the Weber carburettors set up correctly. One departure from original specification has been the ride height which was lowered to give the car a more sporting stance, and finally the car was refinished in its attractive Aga Blue paintwork and black interior. Recently £6,000 of work was carried out by marque specialists Tuthill Porsche getting the car into its current very presentable state.
It is now described as being in good condition overall, with the engine tuned and running well. The history and restoration of 303828 were comprehensively detailed in Classic Porsche magazine for May 2015, and restoration bills and a UK V5C accompany the car.