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The 356 series aimed to democratize the sports car. The new series that followed was the 911, which debuted in 1964. The first generation 911 series is now known as the "Narrow". The development code was 901, and the story is so famous that it was initially intended to be called 901, but Peugeot had registered the trademark for all three-digit numbers with the second digit being 0, so they were forced to change it to 911.
Development began with solving user complaints about 356. The 356's ease of use and high performance made it a sports car that performed well in motorsports, making the Porsche name one of the world's biggest names. But users' expectations were not only for higher performance, but also for greater indoor space and luggage capacity. Summing up the people's voices, it was a comfortable sports car. Therefore, Porsche is even considering a 4-seater model. It can be said that it was inevitable that as performance increased, so did size. This dilemma has been common to the development of automobiles since then.
It seems that they considered the pros and cons of the RR layout derived from the VW Type 1. However, as a result of emphasizing the uniqueness of the car, it was decided to keep the RR layout and install a horizontally opposed air-cooled flat-six engine with higher performance. As a result, this decision became the starting point for the 911 series to become the world's one and only sports car. In addition, the interior space was designed as a 2+2 seater to ensure a high level of practicality, being both a RR and a practical sports car. The new sports car form proposed by the Narrow has been passed down to the modern 911 series.
The model known as the narrow is the 911 series produced between 1964 and 1973. The 901 series from 1974, which is the model year, is categorized in the same category as the 930 series from 1978 onward for convenience because of the new big bumper version.
There are also detailed classifications in the narrow series up to 1973 depending on the year. The initial O-series and A-series had a short body with a 2211 mm wheel base, thin fenders and a truly narrow style. Starting with the 1969 model year B series, the wheelbase has been extended to 2268 mm and the fenders were slightly flared to accommodate larger tires.
In the C and D series from model year 1970 onwards, the displacement was increased from 2 liters to 2.2 liters. In the E and F series from 1972 onwards, the displacement was increased to 2.4 liters and the wheelbase was increased to 2,271 mm, which would become the standard for all subsequent 911s.
The air-cooled flat-six engine, newly developed for the 901 series, was designed from the outset with the intention of increasing displacement in the future, as evidenced by the series of annual improvements. This is exactly how Porsche designed it.
The model that made the existence of the narrow Porsche most famous is the 911R of the A series and the 911 Carrera RS2.7 of the F series. The latter in particular has become widely known to sports car fans.
In recent years, the popularity of air-cooled Porsches has been on the rise, and in particular, the popularity of the original narrow Porsche is unstoppable. In particular, the popularity of the 911S (Sport), which is a high-performance grade excluding the 911R and Carrera RS, seems to be outstanding in any year. If you just want to enjoy the atmosphere, you can consider the 911T, 911E, or even the 912, which is a low-priced four-cylinder model.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
This is the appearance of the 1973 model 911S, which has the strongest catalog specs (190ps) in the series except for the special models in the final narrow type that enthusiasts drool over.
The current owner bought this car about 10 years ago at a famous store. The mechanic used to drive it as his favorite car, so the engine was in good condition, but the interior and exterior were tired. The body had also been repainted white. So, the current owner had the exterior restored three years ago to the original body color.
However, the finish is not a concours condition, but rather a cosmetic improvement to enjoy the most powerful production narrow car on a daily basis. On the contrary, there is a lot of fun to be had from here on. If you are concerned about minor scratches, cracks, or paint lifting, this is not for you.
The engine, engine equipment, tire size, strut tower bar, and other non-original parts can also be seen. Among them, the brakes have been upgraded to Boxster brakes. The original parts also seem to be intact. The engine numbers seem to be matching, but there are some modifications here and there. Overall, this is a car for those who want to enjoy driving, with modifications that focus on driving.
This is the perfect car to add to your collection and to enjoy the sharp, long-wheelbase narrow S's unique driving experience that makes people and cars feel like one.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on August 2021
|Year of Purchase||Sep 1973|