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    FS: @BaT - 1972 911S Coupe - Originally Owned by Walter Cunningham

    A car and owner/seller familiar to this forum . . .
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    1972 Porsche 2.7L 911S Coupe, Lot#20710
    VIN: 9112300023
    Engine: 6320034
    Trans: 320783
    Color: Silver Metallic/Black Leatherette
    Mileage: 89,555 (indicated)
    Auction Estimate: -
    Sold for: US$279,115 (on 7/12/19)

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    BaT Description:

    This 1972 Porsche 911S coupe was built in July 1971 and purchased new by Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham, who took delivery on October 21, 1971 at Northwood Porsche Audi in San Antonio, Texas. The seller, a Porsche builder and restorer, acquired the car in 2006 as a personal vehicle and has since carried out a 14-year cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Power is from a numbers-matching flat-six that has been rebuilt to 2.7-liter RS specifications. The 5-speed manual transaxle was optioned from the factory with a limited-slip differential and has also been rebuilt. Finished in its factory color combination of Silver Metallic over black, the car features sport seats and an aluminum engine lid and license panel seen only early in the model year. This 911S has been driven five miles since the restoration was completed and is now offered with documentation of the project, a maintenance book, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, an extra set of wheels, a tool kit, a refurbished jack, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.

    Bodywork was completed during the restoration by Best of Show Coachworks in San Diego, followed by a repaint in the factory shade of Silver Metallic (925) using Glasurit products. Work included replacing the parcel shelf with a panel from another 1972 911S, as well as removing RS-style fender flares that had been added by a previous owner. The factory arches had been retained after removal and were reinstalled. The engine lid and license panel are aluminum, a feature that only appeared on early 1972 models.

    Chrome trim and other brightwork was refinished during the restoration, and hardware was retained and re-plated. New-old-stock parts were sourced when possible and fitted, including front and rear Bosch turn signal housings and lenses, Bosch H4 headlights, taillight housings and lenses, and through-the-grille fog lights, which were a factory option. A new windshield and rear window were installed.

    15” Fuchs alloys show May 1971 date codes and were refinished by Harvey Weidman, as was the matching spare. Michelin XWX tires are mounted. The suspension was fitted with new bushings and new rear Koni shocks, while the front Koni struts received new inserts. The rear torsion bars were upgraded to 24mm, and Turbo tie rods were added. The aluminum brake calipers were restored by PMB Performance, and new rotors, pads, and brake lines were installed along with a new brake reservoir.

    The cabin features optional leather sport seats up front and was refreshed by Autobahn Interiors of San Diego, California. The seatbelts were re-webbed and the buckles rechromed, and the pedal assembly was also rebuilt. New parts include the Hirschmann antenna, fanfare horns, radio speaker, turn signal and windshield wiper switches, window cranks, and Hella interior lamp set. A Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio is listed as factory equipment.

    The instruments were restored by Hollywood Speedometer in North Hollywood, California, and the 5-digit odometer shows 89k miles.

    The 911/53 flat-six was rebuilt to 2.7-liter RS specifications by Supertec in Fallbrook, California using new-old-stock Mahle pistons and cylinders. The 915 transaxle and the optional limited-slip differential were also rebuilt by Supertec, and a new clutch and clutch cable were installed. The mechanical fuel injection system was rebuilt by Mark Jung of MFI Werks in Bend, Oregon using a factory Bosch space cam. The engine underwent a dynamometer break-in and tuning by Rothsport in Sherwood, Oregon, who also handled the installation of the powertrain. A corner balancing and an alignment were also performed by Rothsport. Additional work included restoring the fuel tank, replacing the fuel sender, and fitting two new Porsche batteries.

    Stamping *6320034* matches the Porsche CoA, confirming originality of the engine case. The seller notes the transaxle stamp has been rendered unreadable due to wear over the years. Wurth undercoating was reapplied after a new front pan was sourced from Porsche and the fuel tank support was modified to appear like the factory design. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity lists the original colors and equipment, as well as the engine number.

    Walter Cunningham signed a photo for the seller with a note about the car. The picture will be included along with the owner’s manual and maintenance book bearing Cunningham’s name. Also included in the sale is an additional set of wheels with date stamps from 1972, as well as the refinished front chrome bumperettes. Boxes from the new-old-stock parts used are shown in the gallery below, as are the fanfare horns before installation. A thread on the Early 911 Registry forum chronicles the restoration and includes photos from various stages of the project. A binder full of documents and receipts from the work is also included.
    Last edited by DOUGS73E; 07-12-2019 at 11:22 AM. Reason: Added sold for price.
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    Odd the "tar" is missing from the tops of the strut towers. Otherwise really concours-ready, IMO.
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    Seems such a shame to grab a 2" brush and slap this black sealant / paint on, however thats what they did ( with zero artistic skill ) and I personally would have followed suit,

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    Beautiful car and all the very best on its sale.
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    Do you guys really think I didn't go back and forth 100 times on the tar! Haha, I tried 10 different materials and none were exactly like the original stuff they used. The closest product I could fine was Henry black roof coating but it is fibered and when dried it has a bumpy texture to it. I could apply tar if the new owner wants it.
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    I'll be surprised if Live doesn't hang in there for this car!
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    2 bids and now $175k,,, so cool to see healthy bids on a fantastic car and 8 days go.

    Would GLWS but luck has nothing to do with the sale of this car.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZVW View Post
    2 bids and now $175k,,, so cool to see healthy bids on a fantastic car and 8 days go.

    Would GLWS but luck has nothing to do with the sale of this car.
    Thanks Mark.
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    So, nobody has an issue with punching out the motor? Cool
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    Quite a pedigree. If that car were a person it would have a BS from Stanford and a PhD from MIT. Nice work Scott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankr View Post
    So, nobody has an issue with punching out the motor? Cool
    Depends on the car and the seller...obviously in this case, no.
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