1965 Porsche 911 Coupe

What’s so special about the original 235 911s? Not much, and most of it is bad. But they are different and that was enough


In the late 1950s, Porsche began working on what would be a new model to entirely replace the 356. The styling was based on a set of guidelines prepared by Ferry Porsche and developed by his son, “Butzi.” The new Porsche was intended to be an evolutionary design and continue in the established Porsche tradition (Dean Batchelor from the Illustrated Porsche Buyer’s Guide).

The new Porsche 911 was designed in a remarkably short time. Its unveiling took place at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, and it was met with great enthusiasm. The new model initially carried the number 901; however, in 1965, it was renamed the 911 due to a conflict with copyrighted Peugeot production codes.

The new 911 featured an entirely new and larger engine than the 356. The chassis was designed with greater control and better handling in mind. The result was the creation of one of the longest running and most successful sports car models in history.

The 1965 Porsche 911 Coupe offered here is one of 235 original 911 short-wheelbase examples from 1965. While little history about the car is available, this 911 was sympathetically restored to driver standards approximately two years ago. Sprayed in the attractive color of Irish Green and trimmed in the desirable black and white houndstooth fabric, this 911 has a lovely varnished wood dash and steering wheel.

Complete with the correct steel wheels, hubcaps, and period-correct tires, this 911 Coupe is presented today from a passionate 911 collector who drives his cars. Not commonly seen on the auction market, this 911 represents a rare opportunity to acquire the first year of the legendary 911 production run.

Jim Schrager

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Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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