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First series Porsche 911
Fully restored by Willhoit Auto Restoration
Includes copy of Kardex
Extremely rare Factory Sunroof
Full leather interior
2.4 liter flat-six
In 1965, Porsche released the car that would put them on the map and build the legacy of Porsche that is today: the Porsche 911. With the first models offered in 1965, these new coupes were a huge change for Porsche. With a winning combination of light-weight, newly designed suspension, and more power from the new 6-cylinder engines, the 911 became an instant icon.
According to the Porsche Kardex, this Slate Grey 911 completed production on July 19th, 1965.
This car was originally purchased in 1965 by Robert H. Loeffler. He was a military police detective stationed in Frankfurt Germany at the time. At the end of his station, he moved back home to Tennessee where the car had ended up in storage and left stowed away for over 30 years. In 2013 the car was purchased by John Willhoit who saw the potential in the forgotten legend. During the course of the restoration, the vehicle was purchased by noted car guy Paul Zuckerman who continued to have Willhoit restore the car until its completion in 2017.
The car is as per the Kardex except for a few well thought out mechanical upgrades. The originally 2.0 liter flat-six engine was bumped up to 2.4 liter for a substantial increase in power. The original heads were modified to early 911S specs and Solex cams along with turbo chain 930 tensioners were introduced to the vehicle as well. The car was dyno-tested and recorded a max output of 181hp and 171lb/ft making it noticeably quicker than the original. A blank case trans was also fitted to this 911 in addition to short ratio gears and a limited-slip differential which assists the car in utilizing its increased power while also allowing for better cornering and handling. The old braking system was upgraded with a dual circuit brake master cylinder system. To add on top of this the Nadella axels were replaced with Lobro types, turbo tie rod ends and Koni shocks were installed to give this car advanced handling and ride quality.
Upon arrival at Canepa, this early-series Porsche 911 was inspected from front to back. Bruce noted on his initial test drive that this car had an incredible amount of torque which translated to an awesome driving experience. Through the “Canepa Difference” process, the entire car was mechanically inspected, ensuring it was the best it can be. Then a meticulous concours-level detail followed, ensuring that no stone was unturned and that every surface was cleaned, including underneath, its interior, trunk, and engine bay. A very light foam-pad polish enhanced the luster of the Slate Grey paint, producing a show-quality finish. Bruce also decided to swap the original wheels with early “Deep 6” Fuchs alloy wheels wrapped in new Pirelli Cinturato (185/70 VR15) CN36 radial tires to enhance the look and further improve the handling a step further (original wheels available upon request). The restored full leather interior with wood accent dash has the simple charm of early 911s, with the astonishing Slate Grey paint finish accenting the curves of this Porsche. The opportunity to experience an early-series 911 is a rare occasion, and what better way to do it than in a car that has been professionally restored and looked over.