Monterey | Lot 373
1967 Porsche 911 S 'Rallye'
$912,500 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
17 August 2019
- Thoroughly original; only 8,266 miles
- Original matching-numbers drivetrain
- Factory optioned with Rallye package and Sport Kit II
- Long-term ownership by Porsche racing champion Bruce Jennings
- Offered from its third owner of over 20 years
- Documented with a copy of its factory Kardex
Having recognized early on that entering in competition would help bolster retail sales, Porsche first created a small series of special lightweight cars called the 911 R. But its attention was really focused on selling cars that could be raced or rallied by its customers while adhering to the FIA’s GT Group 3 regulations. A big step in that direction was the creation of the optional “Rally package” that would allow upgrading the stock 160 hp 901/02 engine with 906 cams and con-rods, plus larger carburetors, if desired. Also listed were a competition clutch and sport exhaust, a partial roll bar in the cabin, competition seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wider alloy wheels, a 100-liter gas tank, and a variety of gearing. In addition, two other optional tuning packages were made available, Sport Kit I and Sport Kit II. The latter supplied the purchaser with different jets and venturis for the Weber 40 mm triple-throat carburetors and was good for an additional 15 horsepower.
This wonderful 1967 911 S was originally delivered through Porsche of America in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Dr. John Sullivan of Syracuse, New York. According to its factory Kardex, it was ordered with the desirable Rally Package, Sport Kit II, a locking differential, and set of air horns, along with Dunlop tires. Allegedly too hot to handle, Dr. Sullivan didn’t keep the car long, selling this and another early 911 to Maryland-based Porsche racing driver Bruce Jennings, known as “King Carrera.” While Jennings drove the other car on a daily basis, he only competed in this 911 S once, in a 10-lap sprint at Bridgehampton. He otherwise put the car into storage, placing it on jack stands in his garage, where it remained virtually untouched for nearly three decades. A close friend of Jennings relates that he rotated the engine periodically to ensure lubrication. After Jennings’s passing in 1997, it was acquired directly by the current owner.
Careful examination reveals that the Silver Metallic adorning this stunning ’67 S is factory-original and unmolested in all respects. The odometer reading of just 8,266 miles appears to be original and correct. For a car that left the factory on 17 August 1967, that is quite astonishing, and it makes this first-year 911 S, equipped with factory Rally equipment and Sport Kit II, an ideal Porsche that any serious collector would rightfully covet.
Today the original black leatherette interior of this special 911 appears as new. The very unusual ventilated upholstery on the driver’s and passenger Recaro Sport seats is in perfect condition, and the leather-wrapped sports steering wheel is unmarked. There is provision for mounting a set of racing harnesses. The body panels and floor pans were never undercoated by the factory, as a weight-saving measure, and remain in excellent original condition. Under the front lid resides a correct 100-liter rally fuel tank. The Fuchs alloy wheels retain a set of period-correct 500/7.50×15-inch Goodyear Blue Streak tires.
Included with this exceptionally rare Porsche is a copy of its factory Kardex, Certificate of Authenticity, copy of the homologated Group 3 Rally components, along with its original tool kit, owner’s manuals, and maintenance record book. This very special high-performance lightweight 911 S is in impeccable original condition and boasts a wonderful and unblemished pedigree.