152: 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe
2.4 litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed air cooled boxer engine, 190 HP, 915 five-speed manual gearbox, Bosch fuel injection, independent front suspension on transverse links, rear independent suspension on lateral links and transverse torsion bars; wheelbase: 89.3” The early 911s embody a combination that is rare among collector cars today. They have both unparalleled drivability and usability, especially when compared with other cars of the same vintage, and are also fully connected to an earlier era. There is a certain wholeness, cohesiveness, and agility that is only evident when they are driven, and it is no surprise that they have a fanatical following. They are simply a blast to drive, with the advantage of solid investment potential. The 911S was introduced as a better equipped and more powerful version of the standard 911. It featured engine modifications that resulted in 30 extra horsepower, and in addition, the chassis was modified and bigger brakes were installed. An extra five pounds was saved from each corner of the car by using Fuchs alloy wheels. 911S models for 1973 gained a discreet spoiler under the front bumper to improve high-speed stability. With the cars weighing only 2,315 pounds, these are often regarded as the best classic mainstream 911s ever, as well as holding the crown for being the longest running production sports car ever. This striking Irish Green 911S is complete with its Certificate of Authenticity, which is provided with purchase, showing that the engine and transmission are both numbers matching and correct for the car, as are the factory color Irish Green paint and black leather interior. It is a U.S. spec vehicle for export, and was equipped at the factory with Koni Shocks, tinted glass all around, Dunlop tires, and the factory Blaupunkt radio. Most importantly, it indicates that factory air-conditioning was present on the car from birth, complete with the crash bar for the front condenser. This wonderfully correct 911S was originally a California car with a very early build date, December 1972, making it one of the first ’73 911S available. It was meticulously restored by a past President of the California Region of the Porsche Club of America. It has resided in Texas since 1990 and has been maintained with a high level of care during that time. It features a front oil cooler, date coded 15” alloy Fuchs wheels, the high capacity fuel tank, as well as the original tool kit and jack. Finding a 911S with this level of documentation and authenticity is certainly a treat. The car is in outstanding cosmetic condition. It has been repainted in its original color to high standards, and the paint has a deep, bold shine. The body panels are very straight and display great fit and gaps. The correct trim is all present and very nice, and the chrome appears to be original and is also excellent. The wheels are clean and unblemished as well, as are the lenses, lights, and all of the glass. The interior also presents as highly original and is in excellent condition. The dashboard is free of cracking, discoloration, and warping, and the instruments and controls are all in fine shape. The carpets are correct and very nice, and the supple black leather upholstery also presents in like-new condition. Most of these cars were driven hard back in the day, and it is unusual to find these cars at all, much less in the well cared for condition of this example. The engine compartment and trunk are both strikingly clean and correct in appearance, with the engine compartment even retaining the red fan shroud that is correct to the S Model. The original intake and fuel injection equipment is also in place, and the overall impression is that of an unmolested and properly maintained car. The car runs and drives as you would expect a proper 911S to perform – after all, this is the closest thing you could buy to a Porsche factory race car in 1973. The engine starts easily and the gearbox is smooth and positive. The steering is communicative and light in the way that has made the 911 famous. These cars are fast, nimble, and highly satisfying to drive, and with factory air and full documentation, this beautiful example stands head and shoulders above many of its peers.