DESCRIPTION1966 Porsche 911S GT Competition Chassis no. 306614S Engine no. 960682 When the 911 first appeared at the 1963 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung aka the famous Frankfurt motor show, many savvy sports car fans recognized Porsche's leap of faith as an instant classic. The 911's 1991cc air-cooled rear-mounted flat six-cylinder engine (enlarged over the preceding 356 model's four-cylinder 1556cc) now boasted an overhead camshaft valve system previously found only on Porsche race cars and produced 148hp giving it a top speed of 130mph. And now there were four seats, albeit the rear pair of small proportions and thus referred to as a 2+2. Gone were the much beloved 365's well-proven torsion bar/trailing arm front suspension in favor of advanced lower A-arms and McPherson struts while semi-trailing arms replaced the "old" swing arm suspension. And there was the all new exterior shape. Would all the changes alienate diehard Porsche purists? In its first production year of 1964, while some argued that it was "too heavy and luxurious" relative to preceding Porsches, the press saw it for what it was, a revolutionary evolution of the breed. Car and Driver wrote: "...worth the price of all the old Porsches put together." It was indeed the shape of things to come...and it kept on coming both in showroom sales and on the race track. While 1966 U. S. car makers in Detroit offered 367 different "basic" models, in that same year Porsche brought out one "special" variant of the 911 Porsche and called it the S. Upgrades from the standard 911 included a boost of 30 horsepower. Along with the more powerful engine, the factory beefed up the chassis and installed bigger brakes while 20lbs was shaved off as part of the weight loss program, in this case by bolting on a set of Fuch alloy wheels with their distinctive 5-spoke "leaf" design. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans a 1966 911 S won the 2-liter class and finished 14th overall. The die was well-cast for one of the industry's all-time success stories. Bought new from the factory the 911 S GT seen here was prepared for racing by Sten Axelson who campaigned the car in a variety of Swedish motoring competitions. It then passed to Lars Elgen who added motor modifications purpose built for racing in the Swedish Championship. While a privateer entry, car and driver surpassed the factory cars and their works professional drivers and took the 2nd Place trophy. The car repeated its achievement when next owned and raced by Yngve Johansson who finished the year 1969 in 2nd position in the Swedish Championship standings. In 1968 Johansson, joined by team mate Peter Gregg, entered the 911 S in the vaunted Nürburgring 1000 where it maintained its reputation, besting many factory machines by taking 4th in its 2000cc class. It continued to add a list a fine showings at Spa, Hockenheim and again at Nürburgring until it went into semi-retirement in 1971 re-emerging in 1998 where it placed 4th in the Tour Auto. In 2002 it was brought from Europe and has since then been on display at the celebrated Blackhawk Collection and now offered for the first time.
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