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Lot 082: Porsche 911S 2.2

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Since the prototype was unveiled in 1963, the Porsche 911 has gone on to become perhaps the most famous sports car of all time. A classically Germanic blend of engineering excellence and austerely beautiful design, it remains to this day perhaps the only supercar that can be reliably used every day. It was initially powered by a dry-sump, air-cooled, 2-litre, flat-six engine, overhung at the rear and allied to a five-speed manual transmission. In 1968, the 911's wheelbase was increased by 57mm, and the rear overhang reduced by the same amount. At the same time, some 22lb was saved from the engine crankcase by manufacturing it in magnesium instead of aluminium, changes which greatly improved the car's handling. In 1969 the engine capacity was increased to 2.2-litres. This was offered in three levels of tune, namely: T (125bhp), E (155bhp) and S (180bhp), the latter offering a top speed of 138mph.

This original right-hand drive 911S 2.2-litre was supplied new by AFN of London in April 1970 and subsequently went to Australia where it was to remain for some years. It came back to the UK about 10 years ago and was acquired shortly afterwards by noted early Porsche restorer, Alan Drayson of Canford Classics, Poole. After spending several years gradually sourcing parts for the car, Alan began a total nut-and-bolt rebuild in 2007 that was to take over a year to complete.

On completion the car was featured in the December 2008 issue of '911 & Porsche World' magazine, a copy of which is retained in the history file. Alan says that the 911S has become something of a demonstration car for his company's extensive capabilities, states the magazine article, and it surely does that because the finish is breathtaking. There isn't a single nut or bolt that hasn't been stripped, cleaned and either replaced or replated.

The bare shell was blasted using plastic granules to remove every trace of corrosion and then repaired as necessary by Barry Carter using a Celette chassis jig to ensure perfect alignment. It was then rust-proofed using the Wurth sprayable sealer that is used to protect modern Porsches before being painted in the original 8080 Silver Metallic. On this 911S the panel gaps are exquisite and the way the doors close is a credit to the many hours of work required, states the article.

All the chromed trim has been replated, the Fuchs alloys re-anodised and all the rubbers and soft trim replaced. The full leather interior was replaced taking great care to use the correct textures and finishes. The correct Michelin XWX tyres restore an original-quality ride height.

The engine was stripped and rebuilt by Mike Bainbridge, keeping as many original parts as possible and using modern improvements where necessary. These include Carrera oil-fed camshaft chain tensioners and the later oil bypass modification to promote better oil circulation. Stainless steel heat exchangers were fitted but Alan kept the matt-primed finish of a Leistritz silencer to preserve the original look from the rear. The original dog-leg five-speed gearbox was also rebuilt  the shift feel has a crisp newness that is a rarity today says the article.

Once the car was finished it was counter-weighted and set up on the Bob Watson Engineering rolling road. Dyno sheets show that the car is now producing 182bhp (two up on the Porsche-quoted standard) with 197Nm torque. On the move the driving experience is a revelation, states the feature. There's none of the sloppiness you might discover in an older car& Every control is so tactile that you feel you are a part of the car itself. The 2.2-litre S arguably makes the best sound of any 911& the shrillness of the flat-six's scream above 4,000rpm is surely its greatest selling feature& It feels unburstable and, of course, it has an agility that later 911s would die for. The benchmark 0 to 60mph time comes up in around 6.9 seconds and there is tangible shove all the way round the rev counter from 4,000 to the maximum power power at around 6,500rpm.

The current vendor bought the car from Alan Drayson shortly after it was completed in 2008 and it has been kept as part of his collection since. It has only covered about 3,000 miles since completion and has been serviced twice, including another tuning session at Bob Watson Engineering to make sure that everything is bedding in properly. It is due to be sold with a fresh 12 months' MOT. We were treated to a lengthy test drive on the occasion of our visit to take these photographs and can confirm that the car drives exactly as stated in the article.

Values of early 911s have risen strongly in recent years  in the December 2008 magazine article this car was valued at �65,000 - �70,000 and in March this year a 1964 911 2-litre made a record $225,500 at the RM Auction at Amelia Island. This superbly restored example looks like a shrewd investment at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number082
Estimate£53000-£58000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£51500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1970
Condition rating0
Registration numberDNP 202H
Mileage-
Chassis number9110301252
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2195
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2