1968 Porsche 911S Coupe

Cost-no-object restorations rarely make sense on production cars, even exciting ones in hot markets, like an early 911S


Within two years of the original 911’s launch, Porsche introduced a new model that would satisfy even the most demanding drivers. The new S offered the same vault-like body and chassis, well-appointed 2+2 interior, and 2-liter flat 6, but there were a host of details that set the new car apart, a reflection of Porsche’s meticulous and thoughtful engineering.

The S brought an increase of 30 hp over the standard 911 through many internal modifications, and the 901 transmission was updated to suit the rev-happy nature of the new engine. These modifications produced a car capable of 0-60 runs in the mid-sevens and a top speed of 140 mph, figures that were quite impressive in their day.

Other changes further enhanced the sporting character of the car, such as front and rear anti-roll bars, adjustable Koni shocks, lightweight Fuchs aluminum alloy forged wheels, and ventilated rotors. The interior featured a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and basket weave trim replaced the wooden plank on the dash providing a simple businesslike cockpit. The 911S presented the rare opportunity to compete, with success, in weekend races, rallies, and hillclimbs, yet have a reliable and civilized car during the week. Today, the early short wheelbase 911S remains a favorite of enthusiasts because of the raw and thrilling driving experience these cars deliver.

This stunning 1968 911S Coupe is a correct matching-numbers car that has benefited from an incomparable, no-expense-spared restoration and meticulous care from a long line of knowledgeable Porsche enthusiasts. While no 911S models were officially delivered to the U.S. in 1968 due to restrictive emissions, this car was imported from Italy and underwent a thorough restoration at a cost of $60,000.

European Auto Works of North Carolina, using only correct factory parts, paint, and even the original undercoating, did the body and interior work. German Turbosport of Greensboro, NC, rebuilt the flat 6. The car remains in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, is correct in every way, and comes with a large stack of receipts documenting the thorough restoration. The odometer showed 93,970 km when the restoration started, and today it reads 99,000 km after 20 years of driving to local car shows. The car has been kept in secured storage and transported in an enclosed trailer.

Presented in the correct Polo Red over a black vinyl interior, it is a perfect example of the pure, original 911 silhouette. The 911S Coupe has its correct 5.5-inch Fuchs alloy wheels and is fitted with the desirable European lights. The interior of the car is very presentable with its optional wood rim wheel and the proper white-on-black gauges. All of the chrome and aluminum details are in beautiful condition throughout, as is the original Sekurit glass. The undercarriage and chassis components are as well detailed as the visible side of the car, evidence of sympathetic maintenance. The engine bay is spotless, featuring the correct Weber IDS carbs and iconic red fan shroud. The car starts instantly with its characteristic growl and drives, shifts, and stops as it should.

A perfect example of Porsche’s relentless pursuit of creating the ultimate driver’s car, the original 911S is the purest variation of this objective. Here is an opportunity for an enthusiast to enjoy and appreciate the classic lines, screaming 2-liter engine, and nimble handling of this rare, early 911. A wonderful example of one of the finest Porsche road cars, this 911S Coupe will provide its future owner with many years of thrilling drives, as it is eligible for many events and will be welcome at any Porsche show.

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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