This car was purchased a few years ago by UK based enthusiast, Mark Fuller. Like many UK based cars, it had lived a hard life and most recently it had been prepared by Tuthill Porsche for use on the Tour Britannia, leaving it well used and a great potential base for a restoration. Previously painted silver, it has since been restored to its original period colour ‘Aga Blue’.
The complete restoration process was publicly documented on the Early 911S Forum (available to view online) and the car soon became very well known in the early Porsche community. Originally intending to restore the car to road specification, the owner discovered two factory-published documents, ‘Porsche for the Competition Driver’ from 1967 and ‘Information Regarding Porsche Vehicles Used for Sports Purposes’ from 1968, in which Porsche suggested and marketed upgrade packages for 911s that were designed to help a private owner prepare his car for the hillclimbs, rallies, races and airport sprint events that were so popular, in period. Taken with the content of these documents, Mark came up with a clear plan to build his car to a ‘Sports Purpose’ finish.
Metalwork was carried out to a high standard by Chesterton’s Coachworks, with all new panels where required, whilst the paint was applied by Limn Historics and the car was built up by Gary Cook at GDC Automotive, all well-known and respected UK based experts. The engine in the car when purchased was a non-original 1965 unit so a correct 1967 S crankcase was sourced and fitted along with the original gearbox by engine builder, Mike Fletcher. The engine was built to a slightly enhanced spec having a 10.5:1 compression ratio with Wossner ’S’ pistons, the heat exchangers were removed and a straight-through exhaust was added, all resulting in an exceptional drive. The gearbox, which had been prepared to rally specification by Tuthill Porsche, was taken back to standard ratios and the Gripper limited slip differential was retained but set to 40%.
The car was trimmed using period correct vinyl by Garry Hall at Porsche restorers, Classic FX, and the finishing touches were added such as the retention of much of the original trim and the fitment of two exceptional period Recaro seats, one bucket, one folding. They are rare and valuable, and, in our opinion, with the performance and the colour, they make the car.
- chassis number: 306068S
- non-matching numbers
- colour: Aga Blue
- tastefully enhanced and built to a ‘Sports Purpose’ specification
- drives superbly