1966 Porsche 911

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1966
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Country VAT 
    IT
  • Lot number 
    28
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Beige
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

• Details and original optionals, as new from the factory.
• Perfectly restored.
• Extremely rare example of the first series 911.
• Safe investment and fully usable.

The model

In late fifties the Porsche 356 began to feel the weight of the years. Its 4-cylinder engine was born in 1948 and was derived, like other components, from the Volkswagen Beetle. For the design of the new car, Ferry Porsche dealt with the technical side, entrusting stylistic innovation to his son, Ferdinand Alexander Butzi Porsche. It was decided a priori to maintain the technical and stylistic layout of the 356, with an air-cooled boxer engine mounted at the rear, but with enough roominess to accommodate 4 people. Building it in series, Porsche would have entered the two-liter GT market, with a competitive price compared to the handcrafted models of many Italian coachbuilders, on Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia mechanics. The technical development wasn’t difficult unlike the definition of the bodywork: the T7 prototype did not convince. Butzi was forced to abandon the programmatic point of the 4 seats and turn back on the 2+2 configuration, getting a similar design to the one adopted in 1960 by Franco Scaglione for the 356 Carrera Abarth which, together with the T7, prefigures the future 911. The appearance was immediately very balanced and with a strong stylistic kinship with the 356. For the new car the acronym 901 was chosen and the first, yellow painted, example was presented at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, with good praise from the public and the press. The marketing, at the beginning of 1964, was immediately hampered by Peugeot's warning to use the initials 901, as depository of all three-digit numbers with zero in the center for its models. The Porsche was forced to change the acronym to 911. Although achieving good sales, the 911 was initially hit by strong controversy, above all aimed at the excessive price list, compared to that of the 356, and at the demanding road holding. Following the protests, the company decided to reduce the price and undertook resolving, step by step, the technical deficiencies complained that had contributed to a decrease in sales. The nervous behavior of the car, the directional instability above 130 km/h and the significant understeer were especially complained. The definitive 911 had independent 4-wheel suspensions with torsion bars, 4 disc brakes and 5-speed manual gearbox. The air-cooled 6-cylinder boxer powered by 2 Solex triple barrel carburettors had a displacement of 1991cc and an output power of 130 hp. From mid-1966 the models’ range began to expand and there were many changes that followed one another until 1973, the debut year of the so-called G series that will introduce even more substantial and recognizable changes.

The IDEM Project

IDEM is a Latin word that means “the same”, and is also a syllabic acronym in English between the words “IDentity” and “EMotion”: in one word the very essence of a project. ID|EM is a brand dedicated to the restoration, customization and electrification of Porsche 911 cars, with the intention of fulfilling the desires not only of classic car fans, but of all those who want a high quality vehicle, whatever their preference. In detail, the IDEM Works proposals are the following. “State of the Art” 0-mile restoration of classic Porsche 911 ‘F-model’ cars (IDEM Renaissance). Total detailed and internationally registered new Porsche 911 cars, on the sample of an existing restored classic Porsche 911 (IDEM Twins). “Atelier-Style” personalization and registration of an existing Porsche 911 (IDEM Custom). Bespoke Series of registered ‘One-Off’ cars on the basis of Porsche 911 “Sondermodell” cars (IDEM Unique). Electrification of classic Porsche 911 cars (IDEM 9ELHeaven). IDEM restores and modifies existing Porsche automobiles for its customers, all works are numbered, filed and registered.

The car

The Porsche 911, chassis no. 304314 is a 1966 “0-series” (produced from 1964 to 1966), the very first model of 911, that came out of the lines with Porsche body and was registered on May 16, 1966, immediately before the marketing of the new 1966 model year which introduced the Targa, S and S Targa versions. It has a 2.0 liter engine type 901/05 no. 907563, with two triple-barrel carburetors, no longer Solex ones, but Weber 40 IDA C1, capable of 130 hp and with type 901/02 transmission. It is an IDEM Renaissance, a state-of-the-art and zero km restoration of a classic Porsche 911. The car is a F model (produced from 1964 to 1973). It is a SWB, more responsive in road behavior than the post-1968 Porsche and is a decidedly rare model on the market. This car was delivered new to the USA to a known family of lawyers in New York, and still bears the original Porsche “Especially for” brass plate, used at the time to distinguish the cars featuring a special equipment. It was subjected to a total restoration process that ended in 2017 and is currently at km 0. It comes with original specifications, exactly as it came out of the factory fifty-three years ago. The interior-exterior color scheme is the original one: the Porsche 911, chassis no. 304314, is painted sand beige color with beige leatherette interior. It’s fitted with steel rims with chrome hubcaps, has wooden steering wheel rim and dashboard. The optional extras with which it was ordered are present: velvet mats, seat belts, fire extinguisher, expander for fastening suitcases, hand lamp, headrests, Webasto heating. The original Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio is also present, but is delivered disassembled, to preserve the integrity of the rare wooden dashboard. The car is equipped with headreasts on the front seats (specific for USA models), has German documents and is ready to be road-driven. The car has double international certification, by dr. Jochen Bader (independent inspector - former Porsche Classic technical manager, absolute international reference for Porsche 356 and 911) and Deuschle Büro (official inspector for CLASSIC DATA), and has a Porsche certificate of origin. Complete documentation is available with photos of restoration. Porsche built 1,708 cars with these model specifications (the figure does not differentiate the target market and/or any specifics for the market). It is estimated that much less than half of this production is still in circulation today and no more than 15% of this quota should be in original condition or restored to the original, like this car. It is increasingly rare to find a Porsche 911 of the very first series, especially if in these conditions of a complete and philological restoration, with all the details that distinguish it from the models that followed it in 55 years of uninterrupted history. A common thread joins all the 911s, but the enthusiast distinguishes the peculiarities of each version and in this first series car, all the details, from the chromed parts to the 911 writing on the bonnet different from all the following ones, are exciting and priceless.

State of the Art

Completely restored.

Litterature
• Lothar Boschen, Jurgen Barth, Porsche un successo, Libreria Dell'automobile, Milano 1987.
• Mauro Borella, Porsche 911 1963-1998, Giorgio Nada Editore, Milano 2011.
• Sigmund Walter, Joerg Austen, Porsche 911, Evoluzione e Tecnica dal 1963 a oggi, Giorgio Nada Editore, Milano 2009.
• Joerg Austen, Porsche 911, Rally e Competizione, Giorgio Nada Editore, Milano 2008.

Certificates and Statements

Porsche Certificate, Deuschle Büro certificate. DocumentsGerman Log book and plates.

Elegibility

• Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
• Targa Florio. Eligible.
• Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Eligible.
• Tour Auto. Eligible.
• Le Mans Classic. Eligible.
• Goodwood Revival. Eligible
• Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
• Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia. Eligible.
• Winter Marathon. Eligible.
• Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.
• Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
• Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
• Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Eligible.
• Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. Eligible.

Certificates and Statements

Porsche Certificate, Deuschle Büro certificate. DocumentsGerman Log book and plates.

Elegibility

• Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
• Targa Florio. Eligible.
• Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Eligible.
• Tour Auto. Eligible.
• Le Mans Classic. Eligible.
• Goodwood Revival. Eligible
• Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
• Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia. Eligible.
• Winter Marathon. Eligible.
• Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.
• Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
• Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
• Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Eligible.
• Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. Eligible.