By 1969, Porsche engineers had all but ironed out the idiosyncrasies that were such a feature of the earliest, short wheelbase 911s.
They had reduced the effect of the engine overhang by lengthening the wheelbase, introduced mechanical fuel injection and produced a car in the 2.0S that was substantially advanced from the early 2.0 cars. Their attention then turned to improving the power and torque of the engine further and, in August 1969, displacement was increased to 2,195cc.
For the 911S, power increased by 20bhp over the 1967 S, to 180bhp at 6,500rpm while actual peak torque was largely unchanged at 130 lbs/ft at 5,200rpm, thus retaining the car’s particular rev-hungry nature. The 2.2S remained a competitive road car and the flagship of Porsche’s range pending the launch of the 2.4S (famously with a 2.3 litre engine) and then the 2.7RS with 210bhp in 1972.
The interior continued to develop with a theme of sporty luxuriousness and still presents as a modern, coherent design today.
Chassis 9110301339 was allocated to the Porsche Product Developing Department (code WE 100) in early 1970, according to internal factory documents sourced directly from Porsche’s archives.
Period documentation with the car includes the Pflegepass (service book) issued to “W.E. (Vic Elford)”, along with the Kraftfahrzeugbrief (registration document) showing Stuttgart number plate S-U 5830.
A letter from Vic to a previous owner in April 1993 confirms the story:
“Your car was originally my “factory” personal car in 1970 and 1971. When Porsche withdrew from prototype racing in 1971 (because the 917 was outlawed), I went to Alfa Romeo but I bought my 911.
You are right, it was originally a 2.2 litre. When I bought it, even though it had fairly low mileage and was in beautiful condition, the factory insisted on going over it from top to bottom and at the same time to put a 2.4 litre motor in it in place of the 2.2. I don’t recall the exact time that was done but I would suspect that it was early 1972?
Unfortunately, the 911 has no other interesting history. It was simply my personal car – but one that I really loved.
chassis number: 9110301339
engine number: 6301848 (now 6320829)
original colour: Light Ivory with black interior
date of registration: April 1970
selling dealer: Porsche Product Developing Department (WE 100)
- formerly the company car of Porsche factory driver, Vic Elford
- unusually, fitted with a 2.4S engine by the factory in period
- accompanied by a detailed history file including a detailed letter from Elford setting out the history and his thoughts on the car
- an extremely special car in good order