To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Professionally restored to original coloursRetains its original engineAn ideal connoisseur s example, ready for anythingThe first offering of the storied line of sports cars, the iconic 1965 Porsche 911 needs no introduction. These early 911s are considered by many to be the purest and finest driver s automobiles ever built and are consistently amongst the most sought-after models by collectors. The example offered here, chassis no. 301389, is certainly no exception.Fully restored by noted Porsche experts Classic Cars Lollar of Lollar, Germany, chassis no. 301389 retains its original engine according to the Kardex yet is fitted with a replacement gearbox of the correct type. The car is presented in its original shade of Silver Metallic 6206 and is fitted with a proper black interior with houndstooth cloth seat inserts. During the frame-off restoration every major component, including the engine and gearbox, was fully rebuilt. Consequently, the car is in superb condition and would make an ideal companion fit for any tour or show.The earliest examples of the 911 are among the most desirable sports cars of all time. The example offered here is a perfect opportunity to discover why. Fully restored to its original colours and specifications, chassis no. 301389 is fully ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$150,000 - $180,000 A very collectable early short-wheelbase 911Retains its numbers-matching engineLong-term single-family ownershipHighly authentic example with its original interiorKardex and Porsche Production Specifications certificateThe Porsche 356 enjoyed a decade-plus of production, but by 1959 the company knew it needed an updated replacement. The new design had a longer wheelbase, more interior space, and more power and amenities. At Ferdinand Porsche s insistence, this new coupe would retain the fast-back styling of the 356 but be powered by a modern six-cylinder overhead-cam air-cooled engine. A non-running mock-up of the new design, initially designated as the Type 901, first saw the light of day in September 1963, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. A running demonstration model was shown in early 1964 and actual production started after the annual August break. The car was powered by a new two-liter, dry-sumped, air-cooled flat six which developed 130 hp at 6,100 rpm. Combined with a new five-speed manual transaxle, the relatively light sports car could achieve a 0 60 time of less than nine seconds and a top speed of about 130 mph, a marked improvement over its predecessor. A small number of the new coupes were completed by the end of 1964, but the model number was changed to 911 beginning in 1965 to mollify French automaker Peugeot, which claimed trademark rights to model designators containing a Zero as the middle digit. Thus the 911 entered the pantheon of immortal car designs.According to a copy of its original factory Kardex, this 911 coupe was completed on the last day of August 1965, making it one of the last built before the factory s annual late-summer model-year changeover. Originally Slate Gray over a red leatherette interior, it was fitted with U.S.-specification road equipment and optioned with a Webasto gasoline heater and fitted with Phoenix tires. The consignor states that he purchased the car in early 2017 from a Virginia family that believed to have acquired the car from new; it was passed from father to son and then to the son s surviving spouse. The consignor adds that all the body panels appear to be numbers matching, and all the trim is original.This car was fitted with front-seat headrests and a radio/antenna package, accessories commonly fitted after delivery to thwart dockside theft, a common problem in those days. Although this example has not been restored as such, it was repainted in Silver Metallic in the 1980s. It retains its original leatherette interior with three-point seatbelts, highlighted by a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and the handsome wood-veneer dashboard trim housing VDO instrumentation. A set of desirable Fuchs forged alloy wheels conceal the four-wheel disc brakes. A new set of Vredestein Sprint Classic tires has also been fitted. The odometer read 1,399 miles at the time of cataloguing, and it is likely that it has begun a second rotation. This 911 is supplied with its original owner s manual, spare parts catalogue, workshop manual, jack and hazard kit, as well as an extra hood badge, copy of the factory Kardex, and Porsche Production Specifications certificate.Arguably one of the most iconic cars in the world, the Porsche 911 has captured the hearts of automotive enthusiasts for years. This car, a stunning, first-generation, short-wheelbase 911 is a very sought-after model among Porsche collectors. Remaining very much in the way it left the factory in 1965, save for an older repaint, this highly original 911 is ready to be enjoyed by new ownership.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Amelia Island event, 9 March 2019. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.
The year is 1965, you wake up early to take a drive through the German B roads with no traffic. Just you and your car. The car in your garage? This. Our 1965 Irish Green 911 is a nut and bolt restoration that freezes the moment in time when these first came out. With a spotless interior and jaw dropping exterior, this car is a true time capsule.
Successor to the 356, the 911 was launched at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show under its initial designation 901. With a larger, overhead camshaft engine, more horsepower, and sophisticated engineering, the 911 model was immediately embraced by the sports car community as a fitting standard-bearer for the Porsche marque. Chassis 302396 was completed on September 23, 1965, finished in elegant Irish Green, and sold in December to its first caretaker in Pocatello, Idaho. Residing in Connecticut by the early 1980s, the 911 underwent an extensive cosmetic restoration by Jim Newton s renowned Automobile Associates of Canton and became a prolific concours champion and two-time class winner at Porsche Club of America National Parades. Service records document regular upkeep, and in February 2008, Automobile Associates rebuilt the engine, replacing the original Solex carburetors with more reliable and effective Weber models. The consignor reports that the car has been driven about 6,000 miles since this work was carried out. Equipped with its matching-numbers engine (per the Porsche COA) and presented with proper July 1965 date-stamped wheels, this 911 is accompanied by a tool kit, manual, and jack, and is further adorned with a period-correct roof rack and Blaupunkt Frankfurt Radio. The early 911 is considered by many enthusiasts to be the purest of Porsche s modern sports cars, and this example, with its numbers-matching engine, attractive color scheme, and period accessories, is a surefire showstopper.