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    1973 Porsche 911 S Coupe

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Succeeding Porsche’s venerable 356, the six-cylinder 911 entered production in September 1964 and through the following decades, it was relentlessly developed and perfected with an uncanny level of commitment. The high-performance “S” debuted for 1967 and immediately spawned lightweight competition variants that immediately dominated their respective classes. Main “S” upgrades included a compression boost to 9.8:1, forged pistons with raised crowns, stronger connecting-rods, high-performance camshafts with increased overlap, enlarged valves, Weber IDS carburetors and revised exhaust ducting, plus brake and suspension revisions. Bosch mechanical fuel injection debuted for 1969 and maintained the engine’s stout 180-bhp output while meeting the increasingly stringent emissions standards imposed in Porsche’s crucial US market.

    From launch, the 911 S was favored by driving enthusiasts worldwide, with an unmatched level of driver-and-machine interaction and 140-mph speeds on tap. FIA rule changes made it the basis for Porsche’s racing program by 1972 and its enduring cachet is enhanced by film legend Steve McQueen’s ownership of a 911 S, with the car figuring prominently during the opening sequences of his classic film, Le Mans.

    A great example of the ultimate early 911 model, this 911S Coupe is sequentially the 836th of only 1,430 examples built in 1973. It was a special-order vehicle completed at the request of Forest Lane Porsche – Audi of Dallas, Texas on behalf of a prominent and highly favored local client. The original order specified a low-option “S” model without the normal “S” trim but equipped with tinted windows and air conditioning, with the exterior finished in Bahia Red with black leatherette upholstery. These colors are factory-original and confirmed by the car’s accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The 911S remained under single-family ownership from new in 1973 until June 2013, covering fewer than 64,500 documented, original, and well-maintained miles. The family greatly treasured this particular Porsche as evidenced by a large and highly detailed document file accumulated during their ownership, plus tools, the owner’s manual, and pouch. In 1996 at 56,000 miles, the 911S received a careful and full mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment focussed on keeping the car as original and correct as possible. The work continued over the next five years, cumulating in the full rebuilding of the original high-output Type 911/53 “S” engine. As offered, the car has no known mechanical or cosmetic defects and even the ultra-fussy original clock still functions and keeps perfect time. The original steering wheel is included with the sale of the car as well. Today, excellent early 911S models are highly sought-after and few truly outstanding examples come to market. With single-family care from new, this particular example is simply exceptional and marks a great opportunity to acquire a fast-appreciating motoring icon.



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