This unique '65 911
This 911 was completed on July 1965 and is actually one of the last true 1965 911's being constructed just before that year's summer holidays in August. The car departed the factory in the classic combination of Ivory White (Hellelfenbein) over a Black leatherette & pepita interior. The cockpit is highlighted by a warm wood veneer dashboard insert; signed by Jacky Ickx!
The previous owner decided to restore this 911 to its original specifications and commenced a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration. The body was stripped down to bare metal and properly finished, and then repainted back to its factory-correct color. The numbers-matching, date-coded engine was completely rebuilt, including its Solex carburetors, and was fitted with new pistons.
The current owner made the tasteful decision to enhance and personalize his car so it was lightly modified to create this unique appearance and maximize the driving experience. A Momo steering wheel was installed as well as some aftermarket bucket seats. While in his care, this early 911 has benefitted from further sorting completed by marques specialists. The original Solex carburettors are replaced with Weber's to improve usability; along with the installation of an electric fuel pump. Furthermore we can see a Mondriaan inspired plastic covering on the front hood.
Although its earlier history is unknown, it is a perfect example with the correct early horn grills, window frames and shock towers. We can see the early windscreen washer bag in the front wing and the numbered engine grill.
This desirable early 911 is in as new condition overal and drove just over 6.000km's since restoration. It has been recently serviced and is ready to provide its next owner many more miles of driving enjoyment. Included in the sale is a Certificate of Authenticity that confirms the car’s original color combination and powertrain stampings.
The original Solex carburettors, seats and original wood-rimmed steering wheel are also available.
The car currently has Belgian registration.
The '65 911
With the exception of the Volkswagen Beetle, the Porsche 911 boasts the most recognizable profile in the automotive industry. Now entering its 56th year of production, the 911 has proven to be an icon, and its earliest short-wheelbase version, introduced in late 1964, is both visually delightful and a joy to drive.
The 911 featured a two-liter, air-cooled, SOHC horizontally opposed six that delivered 130 hp at 6,100 rpm, along with 128 pound-feet of torque. Dry-sump lubrication allowed a low engine placement, and thus a low center of gravity. Standard equipment included rack-and-pinion steering, a fully synchronized five-speed manual transaxle, independent suspension with McPherson struts and torsion bars in front and semi-trailing arms, torsion bars, and tubular shocks in the rear. There were also modern disc brakes at all four corners. The cabin was much more capacious than the earlier Type 356, and there was additional luggage space under the front lid.
The 911 handily outperformed its predecessor, offering strong acceleration and a top speed of 130 mph. Because the 911 was considerably costlier than a 356, customers were initially slow to accept it, but as soon as Porsche launched what would become an incredibly successful racing and rally program, enthusiasts around the world realized what a powerful, high-quality, multi-purpose sports car was available to them . . . and the legend was born.