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, improved the car’s aerodynamics, 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 which helped to flatten the torque curve, ensuring more torque was available at lower in the rev range.
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 9110300157 was sold new by Porsche Cars Great Britain in November 1969 and has remained in the UK ever since. The car presents well in the rare special order colour of Signal Orange (1414) with a Black Leatherette interior.
In 2013-2014, a notable English Porsche enthusiast collector began a bare shell restoration of the car. It maintains its matching numbers gearbox and, while the original engine cases remain with the car, a NOS original Porsche crankcase was used for the full engine rebuild.
Cosmetically, the body is in very smart condition having done limited miles since completion.
chassis number: 9110300157
engine number: 6300239
original colour: Signal Orange with black interior
date of registration: 4 November 1969
selling dealer: AFN Porsche
options: Blaupunkt radio, antenna, right hand drive
- one of just eight Porsche 911S sold in the UK in the 1970 model year
- subject to a full, “no expenses spared” restoration in 2013-2014
- highly desirable special order colour of Signal Orange
- rated by many as the ideal compromise between the 2.0S and the 2.4S – a real driver’s car