Lot #38: 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe
An excellent example of the legendary, top-specification 'S' from the last model year for the "pure" first-generation models.
- One of the greatest high-performance 911 models
- Retaining original colors and optional features
- Restored by a noted Porsche marque expert
- The 17th Porsche 911S Coupe produced for '73
- Complete with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
- Includes Porsche key fob, tool kit, and driver's manual
An excellent example of the legendary, top-specification 'S' from the last model year for the "pure" first-generation models. Featuring a marque-specialist restoration, this 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe retains the factory-original colors and options, and comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming original data. An extremely early-production car - the 17th built for '73 - sold new to the USA. Legendary dynamics and response. Includes Porsche key fob, tool kit, and drivers manual.
Specifications: 2,341 cc air-cooled SOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, 190 hp @ 6,500 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox/transaxle, independent front suspension with McPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.5"
As one of the most iconic cars of all time, the Porsche 911 traces its lineage back to a series of initial sketches penned by Ferdinand A. "Butzi" Porsche in 1959. Far more than a six-cylinder replacement for the venerable 356, the 911 has become synonymous with racing domination and carefully refined engineering and development. The high-performance 'S' variant debuted in 1966 with myriad performance and handling tweaks plus distinctive Fuchs 5-spoke alloy wheels. From launch, the 911S was favored by driving enthusiasts worldwide, with unmatched levels of driver-and-machine interaction and 140-mph speeds on tap. FIA rule changes and internal changes at Porsche made it the basis for the company's racing program by 1972 and it formed the basis for the legendary Carrera 2.7 RS racing-homologation special. Of course, the car's enduring cachet is enhanced by racer and Hollywood legend Steve McQueen's ownership of a 911S, with the car figuring prominently during the opening sequences of his cult classic film, Le Mans.
Numbered 9113300017, this very early-production 911S coupe is the 17th of just 1,430 examples produced for 1973 and it marks the final production year before increasingly stringent U.S. federal requirements took effect with power-robbing emission controls and heavier 5-mph impact bumpers. Construction of this 911S began on August 1st, 1972, and it also holds the distinction of being one of the first 911s imported to the USA in 1973. It was sold new to Dr. Bill Hardpongue of Kansas City, who retained it through the early 1990s. After passing through two subsequent owners, this 911S underwent a no-expense-spared restoration by marque expert Phil Bagley to its factory-original state. Phil parted with the vehicle in 2013. This Porsche 911S remains impressive to this day; its exterior, in the factory-optional Silver Metallic, is excellent, as is the black leather interior. The fuel injected 2.4-liter engine is fully sorted and road-ready. It comes complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity verifying its early history. As offered, this early-production 1973 Porsche 911S stands as a great example from the last model year of the historic first-generation models.