The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 201
1970 Porsche 911 S Coupe
$193,200 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Matching-numbers ‘S’ engine
- Highly desirable U.S.-specification model
- In current ownership for 43 years; fewer than 38,500 original miles
- Porsche Production Specification certificate
The 1970 911 S displays the steady improvement that Porsche imparted to its highest-performance sports car. Nowadays considered one of the most sought-after pre-1973 911s, these higher-displacement models offer a very flexible torque-curve, yet retain the light, rev-happy feel of the earlier 2.0-liter cars.
All the 911 models from September 1969 onwards were newly fitted with the larger 2.2-liter flat six-cylinder engine from Porsche, resulting in an engine output of a potent 180 hp for the 911 S. To address the tendency of the 2.0-liter models to oversteer, the wheelbase was extended by some 2.5 in., providing better balance and handling. Stopping power was provided by 11.1-in. ventilated front and 11.4-in. ventilated rear disc brakes, and the S models were lightened by utilizing aluminum to fabricate the engine lid and central bumper. Interior fittings were upgraded as well, with a new steering wheel lock and instruments now mounted in rubber rings. Externally, new door handles of a safer design replaced the earlier pushbutton type, and the cars were delivered with full factory undercoating for the first time.
The 1970 911 S coupe offered here was ordered with U.S. equipment – one of just a fraction originally sent to the U.S. Originally ordered in the current color combination of Tangerine over a Black Leatherette interior, this 911 S is confirmed to retain its original matching-numbers engine. Additional optional equipment included comfort equipment, Pirelli tires, and an antenna with loudspeaker and noise suppression.
Incredibly, this car has had only three owners – passing from friend to friend before being acquired by the current owner while finishing his graduate degree. At the time of purchase, the 911 S had only 29,000 miles and the original tires had just been worn down. Forty-three years on, the 911 now wears vintage Michelin XWX tires, and its paint is original except for a repaint of the hood 20 years ago and a recent repaint of the deck lid, for which receipts are available.
This fine example of a highly sought-after model is supplied with its original spare tire and wheel, tool kit, and factory-issued Porsche Production Specification certificate.