Color: Red / Black
Layout: Rear-engined, Rear Wheel Drive
Engine: Flat-6, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Capacity: 1991 cc
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 129 lb ft
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60 mph: 8.3 sec
0-100 mph: 24.3 sec
Porsche’s introduction of the 911 in 1965 was a watershed event. After years of steadily improving the 356, the 911 was a dramatic departure and a leap of faith–both for Porsche and for its legions of loyal owners.
The car still looked like a Porsche and the engine remained behind the rear axle, however, now gone were Dr. Porsche’s tried and proven torsion bar/trailing arm front suspension in favor of lower A-arms and McPherson struts. Gone, too, was the swing arm rear suspension, replaced by semi-trailing arms. However radical the body design and suspension changes may have seemed, even more dramatically different was the engine. The highly developed flat four that traced its ancestry back to the pre-WWII Volkswagen was replaced by a flat six. It was still air cooled, to be sure, but smoother and more powerful. It also revved much higher and Porsche thoughtfully provided a 5-speed transaxle to get the most from the 911’s increased rpm range.
This particular car runs and drives and is a great candidate for restoration with a very straight body.