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1965 Porsche 911 Private

Cars San Rafael   43 views
Location: San Rafael
Price: $40,000 Negotiable

This 1965 Porsche 911, chassis #302751, was originally delivered in Gulf Blue with a Black leatherette interior, and was produced in October 1965 as verified by the included Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It was previously owned by the proprietor of Gingerman Raceway in the 1980s in Michigan, later passing to another enthusiast who set out to create his interpretation of a 911 Speedster which is how the car looks today. It remained in western Michigan for many years until the seller purchased it two years ago, in need of mechanical sorting and some rust repairs. Approximately $10,000 of work was completed to bring the car to its current driving condition, with mechanical work performed by local Porsche independent specialist Charles Rossignol, and rust repairs performed at Matt’s Auto Body as detailed on the included invoices and photos. It runs well and has been driven over 300 miles in the last year. It could be driven as-is or restored back to its original coupe specification using components from the 1965 Porsche 912 shell listed separately here. The car is titled as a 1965 Porsche 911 coupe on a clean California title.

The seller found the car in 2015 in Michigan, incorrectly listed as a 1966 model. They shipped it to the Bay Area where bodywork commenced on the rusted front suspension pan, front floor panel, and fuel tank support with receipts shown below.

Older black paint is aged and looks better in photos than in person. The windshield is from a 1990s Miata and the car has some crude finishes here and there. The original Gulf Blue paint can still be seen in places.

302751 has many original ’65 parts remaining, notably the front end brightwork, doors, and fenders with 4-screw grille inserts and original Porsche crest. Lights and turn signals work and the passenger door can only be opened from the inside.

The original dash, seats, radio, and shift knob all remain. 5 original 7/65 date-stamped wheels have been refinished and wear new Vredestein Sprint Classic tires.

The car is powered by an unstamped Porsche 6-cylinder engine with dual Weber carburetors and mated to the original 5-speed transmission #224371. The non-original engine is believed to be either a 2.0L or 2.2L but the seller cannot confirm with certainty. The left cam dial measures 3.2mm which corresponds to a ’69 911E, but the right cam dial measures 1.8 which does not. A warm compression and leak down test was done in April 2015 with the following results:

#1 – 157 PSI

#2 – 146 PSI

#3 – 145 PSI

#4 – 151 PSI

#5 – 112 PSI

#6 – 155 PSI leak down 9%.

The car had been sitting for some time and was in need of a major service and recommissioning. The full invoice and description of work completed is shown below. Some highlights include: Adjust valves and throttle links, balance carbs + install .50mm idle jets

Replace brake master cylinder, reservoir supply hose, 4 soft hoses, brake bleed

 R&R distributor, replace points

 R&R fuel tank, replace soft hoses

 New Bosch spark plugs and ignition coil

 New battery, new fluids

 Modify & install BBR air filters, R&R pedal board, replace throttle pivot bushings

The front suspension was removed for the front pan rust repair and worn suspension parts refurb’d or replaced as necessary. Steps of this process are shown in the gallery below. Other work included:

Replace A-arm bushings

Upgrade inner steering rack ends

 Replace right outer tie rod end

 Re-install front suspension, set toe-in

From behind the wheel the seller reports the car feels very solid on the road with a raspy exhaust note thanks to the Webers and good handling resulting from the refreshed suspension and new tires. The seller purchased it with the odometer showing 51655 and it now shows 51982. The car currently  offers a distinctly SWB 911 driving experience and the new owner can happily add miles while considering the opportunity to restore it back to a rarely seen Gulf Blue 1965 911 Coupe.

Filed under: 911, long hood, longhood