NINETEEN SEVENTY THREE marked an important change for the legendary sports car that is the 911—the end of the Long Hood.
By 1973, Porsche’s one way or the highway method had run its course. The U.S. had implemented the requirement of low-speed impact bumpers and if the famed German auto-maker would want to continue selling 911s to their biggest market, they would need to comply. But, prior to listening, Porsche wanted one last last go with what was, is, and always will be, the favorite amongst 911 trims—the S. Before scrunching some rubber on either sides of the 911, there was only one silhouette that Porsche-philes knew—the 901. In the years building up to the final long hood, the introductory design underwent some changes. In ’66, .2 more liters and in ’67, the 911 grew a larger wheel base, leaving the Short Wheel Base (SWB) designation as a nomenclature exclusive to ’63-’66’ models. The ’73 911 S would feature a 2.4L magnesium-cased flat-six which put out 181 bhp and was mated to an iteration of the 915, 5-speed manual gearbox, that would be seen in the upcoming ’73/’74 Carrera RS. To sum it up, the 1973 911 S was one of the best 911s ever built—and no, we’re not biased…okay, maybe a little—a silver 1973 Targa was, in fact, the car that—at age three—inspired our founder, Bill Goldstein’s lifelong Porsche obsession.
Photographed above, our 1973 Porsche 911 S has been meticulously restored over a recent ten year period Purchased in 2010 from Puerto Rican racing legend, Diego Febles, this particular 911 S features some of the most incredible factory options that we’ve ever seen. Finished in Silver Metallic over a Blue Plaid interior, this uniquely spec’d, final iteration of the Long Hood is accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, its original Books/Tools and a near complete set of documentation which traces the car back to its initial delivery at Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida.
Oh, those incredible factory options? A Sunroof Delete, Blue Carpeting, Power Windows and Air-Conditioning to name a few.
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