Shy of the Carrera RS, the beautiful and powerful 1973 911 S Coupe represents the pinnacle of Porsche’s lightweight sports cars from the early 1970s. The year 1973 marked the end of the “long-hood, thin-bumper” period of Porsche design. The following model year would bring five-mph safety bumpers and increased weight. The high-performance 1973 “S” had a highly responsive 2.4-liter Type 911/53 engine that packed a wallop, with 190 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. It was bolted to a new Type 915 transmission, which offered stronger internals and a simplified shifting pattern. A new front chin spoiler reduced front-end lift at speed by a claimed 40%, and it helped pin the front of the car to the pavement. It was so effective that Porsche soon adopted the part across the 911 line. The 1973 S was rather expensive when new.
190 hp, 2,341 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with McPherson struts and torsion bars, independent rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.5 in and weights only 2500 lbs.
Exterior: Silver Metallic
Driver's Side: RHD
Indicated Mileage: Miles
First Delivery Location: United Kingdom (April 1973)
Registration: Hong Kong Registered in 2011, 0 Previous Owners noted
THIS MOTOR CAR:
This 911 S Coupe is an early built final year 1973 F-series, built on Porsche’s legendary unitized body and fitted with an electric sunroof at the factory. It also includes Seat belt option, complete instrumentation, rack-and-pinion steering, and forged alloy Fuchs 6x15-inch wheels. The owner, a long-time Porsche enthusiast and vintage car collector, states that this car was acquired over 10 years ago in restored and excellent condition. It retains its original panels and matching-numbers engine and transmission. Also included are its original tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, and Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity.
Finished in Silver Metallic (8080), it also sports a stunning black leatherette interior, with the seats trimmed with black cloth inserts. With a dry weight of just over 2,500 pounds, lots of power, and large disc brakes at all four corners, the 2.4-liter 911 S delivers a great driving experience with terrific (140 mph-plus) performance, comfort, and good looks, making it perfect for keeping up with modern traffic. Relatively few of these S Coupes were produced in 1973; just 1,430 were made in total, and only a handful of those were Right Hand Drive. Their relative scarcity means these models are always in demand by knowledgeable Porsche enthusiasts, and this example presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the best registered example in town.
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A stunning Hong Kong Registered example of a very desirable model
Matching-numbers drivetrain and restored
Special Colour and sunroof
Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Classic Insider condition score: 88 points out of 100
Original. Well-kept and maintained. The exterior was restored and bare-metal repainted 10 years ago from Special Ordered Royal Purple to Silver Metallic, overall still looking very good with minor blemishes only. Brightwork has minor deterioration. The interior, with its original leather-wrapped “bow-tie” steering wheel and Blaupunkt stereo radio, is in very good condition and shows period correct wear. The Fuchs “Windmill” light alloy wheels are likewise in fine condition and are shod with fresh tires. Mechanically excellent, overhaul has been done 10 years ago. The engine bay is relatively clean and tidy.
This very desirable and carefully maintained 911 S coupe has passed through the hands of several documented enthusiasts in the UK before acquisition by the consignor in 2010. Its history includes extensive mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment in the UK. This outstanding 911 S is supplied with a detailed UK history file; and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It would make a fine addition to any collection of notable Porsche models.
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
This 911S has received restoration and refurbishment work over the years, retaining most of its original panels and matching-numbers engine and transmission. Although the car has been repainted (originally Royal Purple as stated in the Porsche Authenticity Certificate) it is now finished in a handsome silver exterior (the same as the one in Top Gun Maverick) and sports a stunning black leatherette interior, with the seats trimmed black cloth inserts
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BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter's rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favor of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement.
In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 liters and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower. The first of countless up-grades came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph.
A lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911's handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements - to 2.2 liters. The S's power output then was 180bhp, increasing to 190bhp with the introduction of the 2.4-liter engine for 1972. Tenacious adhesion, responsive steering, very good flexibility, superb brakes, meticulous finish and a solid, unburstable feel were just some of the virtues praised by Motormagazine in its test of a Porsche 911 in 1973.
In the early seventies, Porsche were in a rich vein of competition success. It's not surprising that the 2.4 litre 911 variants of that time are considered a reflection of that engineering prowess. Race input had resulted in revised suspension pick-up points and Koni dampers enhancing the 911 'S'. Power from the 2.4 fuel injected unit had now reached 190bhp, giving a wonderful free-revving engine resulting in a top speed of 144mph.
The 1973 Porsche 911 was the last of the classic, thin-bumper 911s and as such, great examples are very highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts today. The 911 S was the top of the model line, with its handling benefitting from the extended wheelbase introduced in 1969, along with slightly wider Fuchs light-alloy road wheels. The 2,300-lb. S was also an impressive performer on the highway, delivering great throttle response and a thrilling exhaust note from its 2.4-liter mechanically fuel-injected engine.
The 1973 911 saw the old Type 901 “dog-leg” transmission replaced by the stronger Type 915, which utilized a standard “H” shift pattern. This was dazzling performance for an otherwise very tractable street car of that period. Befitting its high-performance capability, the ’73 S was equipped with a special front valance to help control airflow beneath the chassis.
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