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1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 Coupé

Lot No.: 442

Registration: SKK 173H
Chassis Number: 99110300980
Engine Number: 6301301
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2200
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Sold for (£): Unsold

In the early days of the 911 the car continued to be developed and improved on an annual basis and the 1969 C-series models saw a huge step forward in the car's evolution, with a longer wheelbase, wider wheels, low profile tyres, improved lighting, trim and ventilation, stronger suspension and brakes, plus the introduction of the excellent, race-derived, CD ignition and mechanical fuel injection.  These advances were consolidated in the forthcoming 2.2-litre range.

The D-series 911 models were produced from August 1970 until July 1971, and for model-year 1970, the engines of all 911s were increased to 2,195cc.  The 911S 2.2 was fitted with the SOHC flat 6-cylinder Type 911/02 engine, with an uprated power output of 180bhp at 6,500rpm, giving it a claimed top speed of 138 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds.  It had a 5-speed manual transaxle, 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes and 4-wheel independent suspension. The iconic 2.2 911S was immortalised by Steve McQueen in the opening scenes of the cult movie Le Mans, McQueen is seen charging around the French country roads with the glorious sound of its flat-six, creating arguably the most memorable scene of the film. The 2.2S stayed in production for just 1969-71 and with fewer numbers manufactured than the 2.4S.

We are pleased to offer this particular 911 S 2.2 Coupe which was manufactured in February 1970 in left-hand drive form and was subsequently delivered to the USA where is was sold to its first owner in March of that year. Specifications and options at that time included a black leatherette interior, front and rear spoiler delete and tinted side glass and windshield. First registered in the UK on 9th September 2000, this car was sourced by our vendor, himself a serial Porsche owner for the last 20 years, who purchased it in January 2011. This 'matching numbers' car is finished in Ivory White with a black interior and whilst the body and paintwork were in excellent condition, our vendor felt other areas of the car could be improved upon.

The car was sent to respected marque specialist JAZ Porsche who removed the engine and gearbox. The top ancillaries were stripped off and items powder coated/replaced where necessary. The carburettors were sent away to a specialist for a full rebuild at the same time. The gearbox was stripped and all 5 synchros were replaced, before being reassembled and mated to the engine once again. New engine mounts, fuel hoses and a fuel pump were also fitted at this time for which there are invoices included in the file.

The car was then sent to Sportwagen where it had some minor cosmetic work and new front and rear torsion bars, along with new rear shock absorbers. New Rennsport Sports seats with black corduroy centres were fitted, giving the interior a stylish look. The result of all this focused effort is a remarkable car with quality paintwork and excellent panel gaps. It retains its original aluminium engine lid and, unlike most US-cars of this era, the original dashboard remains straight and crack-free. The gauges have been restored and we believe the Blaupunkt 'Frankfurt' radio is period correct and original to the car.

Our vendor comments that this 911 S 2.2 is "a true pleasure to drive with its rev-happy feel. The engine starts easily, pulls strongly through the rev range with a tight ride, excellent handling and braking. The five-speed dog-leg changes smoothly and is truly addictive."

Supplied with a good history file, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, its original drivers manual, and a jack and toolkit, this matching numbers car is MOT tested until 8th February 2018. With 911S 2.2s becoming increasingly rare in the market place, this quality example would make a sensible investment, or is simply ready to be driven as intended.