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An Import of One
When the first owner of this 911 S walked into American dealerships in 1968, he discovered that the 911 S, with Porsche’s highly-coveted 901/08 engine, was not available in the United States. So, as any die-hard enthusiast would do, he got himself a plane ticket to Germany, where he found the car he wanted, and had it modified for import. He added sealed-beam headlights, a DOT-approved all-amber front, all-red rear turn signal lenses, and a U.S.-spec speedometer and seat belts and other features to meet standards of the time.
After the car had arrived on U.S. soil, it enjoyed an unbroken, and well-documented, chain of ownership. When the car passed hands in 2010, the third owner had the car disassembled and partially restored. The bodywork was perfected and repainted in its original hue. He also had a few scratches buffed out of the windshield, and the aluminum window frames refinished. After discovering that the car had 6-inch wheels, the correct set of Fuchs 5.5-inch alloy wheels (a 1968-exclusive) was purchased, refinished and installed.
To this day, the car remains in close-to-original condition. It is an example of what the American import version that never was, could have been.
A Rare Breed of 911
When the 911 S debuted for the 1967 model year, it quickly became one of Porsche’s most popular models. The 911 S could go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds — quite the feat in 1960s. However, when the time came to produce cars for the 1968 model year, Porsche had a dilemma on its hands. The U.S. had not yet finalized its safety and emissions standards, and Porsche couldn’t risk having the S sent back to Germany for modification. So, for the 1968 model year, the 911 S, with its type 901/08 engine, was limited to rest-of-world markets. Porsche only produced 1,823 911 S Coupes, making this a rare model indeed. This 911 S is also part of the last batch of A series models ever produced by Porsche, a group that included the race-modified “T” that won the Monte Carlo Rally.