Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

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Lot 279

1965 Porsche 911

  • Chassis no. 303058
  • Engine no. 903330

Sold for $192,500


130 bhp, 1,991 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with two Solex carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes Wheelbase: 87 in.

  • An extremely desirable early 911, delivered new in the United States
  • Attractive and rare original color scheme of Irish Green over Beige
  • Retains its original drivetrain, as documented by its CoA
  • Fresh, comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration


The new six-cylinder 911, conceived as the successor to the much-loved four-cylinder 356, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show (as the 901) in the fall of 1963, and it went into series production one year later. However, Peugeot raised objections to the new name, claiming rights to all three-digit car names with a zero in the middle. With the simple change of a number, the fabled “911” was born. It remains, after 50 years, one of the purest automotive designs in history.

This 911 was completed on 9 December 1965 in Irish Green with Beige Leatherette interior with an optional Webasto heater. It was originally sold to Joseph Thomas of New York and remained on the East Coast until it was sold to a long-term California owner in the 1980s. When its California owner decided to sell the car in 2013, it was in solid running and driving condition, though had been painted copper and fitted with a black interior.

The current owner decided to return the car to its original specifications and commenced a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration. The body was stripped down to bare metal and properly finished and then repainted back to its original color of Irish Green. The original date-coded engine was completely rebuilt, including the original Solex carburetors, and was fitted with new pistons. Even the original Webasto heater was rebuilt and is fully functional. New old-stock parts were used when possible and every aspect of the car has been gone through, with a significant sum itself having been spent on the interior alone. Notable, the interior was also returned to its attractive original color. The only significant change made was redoing the interior in leather rather than vinyl leatherette. Included in the sale is a Certificate of Authenticity that confirms its original color combination and that it retains its original drivetrain.

Since completion, this superb 911 has only been driven test miles and is now ready for its next owner to use and enjoy.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more