Ebay "Listing of the Week!"

Mark J. Besso mbspeed at maxboostracing.com
Sat Mar 15 20:59:16 PDT 2008

Thanks John -- I'd forgotten about those funky axles with the miniature 
universal joint at the ends.  I seem to remember the early serial numbers 
being an extension of the 356 series.  Wasn't the front chassis bulkhead 
different than the '67+ models too?

Anyway, the only '65 I got to spend any time with was a RHD model.  I was 
the parts manager at the shop that handled the restoration.  I had a chance 
to purchase the car before the restoration and balked at the $10K asking 
price.......and that was twenty years ago!  When that '65 came back to the 
shop for service the owner let me drive it and I still realize I missed a 
great opportunity when I didn't buy it.

Beyond all the silly questions & cute replies I think this car is a bargain 
at $13K.


On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:02:43 -0700
  "john at westcoastgarage.net" <john at westcoastgarage.net> wrote:

  Others have said:
  "first year was '64. by '66 they had the 'S'."
  "I don't recall a '65 911. Thought they showed here in '66"
  "Up thru '66 still came with (6) individual Solex carbs while later
models had triple-choke Webers."
  I have a '65 911.  It's actually a few hundred SNs newer than that
one.  Pre-June cars are '65s, post June cars are considered (per the
factory "specs book") '66s.  His is pretty early in the year.  Very
early '65s have a slightly different dash arrangement and are
considered more valuable (his isn't that early).  All the pre '67 cars
came with "floatless" Solex carbs, 6 single throat carbs on 2 float
bowl reservoirs, which were fed by a dual mechanical pump as well as a
Bendix electric pump.They had a frightening tendency to go lean as air
moisture increased, and foggy night speed runs could spell big bucks.
Porsche offered  owners a Weber conversion, coupled with much improved
heat exchangers, at little or no cost.  They had troublesome triple
U-joint Nadella axles, most of which have since been replaced with
Lobro CV Joint axles.  The 911S  appeared in the '67 MY, along with
the Targa version and the now familiar Fuchs wheels, albeit rather
skinny ones.
  The first 911s anyone in the US really saw in any quantity were at
the '65 Porsche Parade in Santa Barbara.  There were 6 of them, fresh
off the boat.  There were a couple of 901s floating around, but they
were a rare thing.  In my 35 years as a Porsche tech, I've worked on
only 1 901, and only because I know the owner, who apparently bought
it new.   John

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