1968 Porsche 911 Coupe

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

First presented to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 911 replaced the 356 and was styled by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche and Erwin Komenda, who was then head of the Porsche design department.

The 911 retained the air-cooled, rear-engine layout and independent rear suspension and would not only see a continuous production run right up to the present day, but it would also become the most successful road-derived race car in history. None of the top motorsport events in the world — from Le Mans, Daytona, the Targa Florio, and International rallies to national grass-roots events — were complete without a Porsche 911 in one guise or another. In World Endurance events, the Porsche 911, with its production underpinnings, became a nemesis even to purpose-built prototypes. As a sports car, it has endeared itself to the world’s motoring fraternity and continues to feature as one of the top three cars of all time.

This highly original 1967-built (1968-registered) Porsche 911 is a left-hand-drive example that was supplied new to a Mr. L.C. George in sunny California. The car remained in his possession until 1977, when it was sold to a Mr. Pate of Ridgecrest, CA, who, according to invoices in the file, owned the car until 2010.

Finished in metallic blue with its original black vinyl interior and carpets, the car has never been restored and has been the subject of an older repaint. The original handbook, service record book and Blaupunkt radio are also included in the sale of this vehicle.

One of only 473 built for the United States market in 1967, the car has been U.K. registered and has an MoT test certificate until October 2015. These early 911s rarely come onto the market in this condition, and it represents an exciting opportunity for a truly iconic Porsche.

 

 

Prescott Kelly

Prescott Kelly - SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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