Even as a kid reading up every auto magazine I could find, one of the wet dreams as a car aficionado included an original classic Porsche… yes, one exactly like this one.
The first instance of the Porsche 911 was the original – but it was hardly perfect. Back in 1963 it had under the back bonnet a 2.0-liter, flat-six engine packing a measly 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts) for a zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of 8.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). That wasn’t by any means earth-shattering, as for example the Jaguar E-Type managed a sprint in 7.1 seconds and topped out at 149 mph (240 km/h) – and it was also way less expensive. But then Porsche brought the 911 S in 1966 – with forged alloy pistons the power jumped to 160 hp (119 kW) and the Fuchs alloy wheels and vented disc brakes allowed for some good old-fashioned track fun time.
The 911S has been rediscovered by collectors as prices for other Porsches increased, and here we have one of the best preserved examples in the world. Owner Henry Wilkinson went to great lengths to make a Porsche specialist’s workshop owner in Florida part ways – and now he has an incredibly original 911S, complete with the original 4.5-inch wheels. The restoration process included painstakingly preserving its originality – rewarded with a class win in the Amelia Island concours earlier this year.