Beckenbauer, Help! And A Beauty Named 911
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In 1965, Franz Beckenbauer made his first game for the Mannschaft, the Beatles released their album Help! and it was the last year that you could buy a 911 in the original trim. When I say “original”, I’m not talking about F-Models in general, I’m talking about the very original design, introduced as 901 at the 63 Frankfurt Motor Show. No S-Version had been released these days, the sporty version with 160 BHP only appeared in 1966. The horn grill was made of one massive piece of metal, the bonnet grill was chromed, the wipers lied to the right and the Porsche design logo was kept in eye-watering gold.
Holy cow, this thing is beautiful!
I bought the car more than six years ago, it has found its way to me back from the US, through an intermediary from Hamburg. And one day, one sunny midsummer afternoon, it stood next to the orchard close to my workshop in Southern Germany.
I’ve restored it in every single respect, paint off, engine disassembled, there’s not one single part of it that I haven’t held in my hands. All chrome parts were rebuild from scratch, including multiple layers of chopper, all sanded down manually several times in between.
Let’s stop day dreaming here, otherwise I will change my mind and not sell it as I intended to. It’s one of the best and most beautiful, but certainly not most expensive, early 911 on the market. Follow me through its restoration in the coming weeks while I will report about this project on a regular base using the pictures I took during the restoration.
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