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1966 Porsche 911

Porsche's perennial 911 is a model that has, for over fifty years, proven equally capable as a Grand Tourer, rally car, or circuit racer. It first appeared at the Frankfurt Show in 1963 as the '901,' but shortly after production proper commenced in 1964 had become the '911' following Peugeot's complaints about the use of '0' model numbers. It used the preceding Type 356's rear-engiend layout but switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and switched the 356's Volkswagen-based suspension in favor of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. The single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six engine displaced 1,991cc and offered 130 horsepower. The engine progressively grew in displacement and development, eventually exceeding 3.0 liters and, with the assistance of a turbocharger, offered over 300 horsepower.

The early examples were unencumbered and did not have the intrusions of safety regulations, or other impediments that distorted the designer's original vision. The shape is simple and timeless, and has remained virtually unchanged for over half a century. In the front were round headlights, air intakes extending into the hood and fender line, turn-signal indicators that wrapped around the front fenders, and a low slung bonnet. The close-coupled coupe design slopes downward evenly toward the tail, with little adornment or distracting details. A one-piece air intake was positioned at the top of the rear deck. The wrapped tail lamp feature was employed in the back as well, again into the fender. The engine is mounted at the rear, a flat six mated to a manual transmission. The rear winds and cooling ducts has changed little from the very beginning (apart from the advent of the Turbo). The form is beautifully proportioned and exceptionally well balanced, earning it the accolades and admiration of being among the finest sports cars in the world.

When the Porsche 911 reached American shores in 1965, it was rather hard to sell due to its retail price. At the time, Porsche offered the 912 Coupe, a low cost alternative to the 911. Selling for about $1,000 less than the 911, it had a Spartan interior and a smaller 96.5 CID four-cylinder engine. The Porsche 911, in its various forms, would eventually gain the appreciation and admiration of the Porsche community.

The first of numerous upgrades came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. These were distinguished by their Fucks five-spoked alloy wheels, and its heavily revised engine offering 160 horsepower. A longer wheelbase version was introduced in 1969, and then in 1970 the engine received the first of many enlargements - to 2.2 liters.

The Porsche 911 was about six-inches longer than the preceding 356, and had a wheelbase of 87.1 inches and a length of 164 inches. It had a rack and pinion steering, steel monocoque (unibody) construction, and four-wheel racing style disc brakes. Zero-to-sixty mph was accomplished in about eight seconds, and top speed was achieved at 130 mph.

For the 1966 model, Porsche produced just 1,709 examples of the short-wheelbase 911 coupe. The first 100 in this group were known as the 'O' series. Total series 'A' Series production, lasting from 1965 to 1968, totaled approximately 36,533 examples.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2020

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1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 301374

A first generation 911, this Porsche has had three owners, and all of them were members of the Southeast Michigan Region Porsche Club of America (PCA). This champagne yellow 911 was built in May of 1965 and is serial number 301374. Jack Kaminska took....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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1966 was the second year of Porsche 911 production. This car has its original wood steering wheel and wooden dash insert; these features were discontinued after this model year. This car has 70,000 original miles.....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 305518
Engine Num: 909295

The six-cylinder 911 concept was the long-awaited successor to the 356 and was rooted in sketches by Ferdinand A. 'Butzi' Porsche in 1959. It was internally code-named 'Technical Project 7' or simply 'T7'. A new air-cooled, flat six-cylinder engine w....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 'Butzi' to his friends and family, designed what some consider the ideal sports car in 1963. The 911 was faster and easier to drive than its 356 predecessor. It also offered more comfort and was not terribly complicated....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 304579

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1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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When new, this 1966 0-Series SWB 911 boasted a 130 horsepower 2-liter motor and 4-speed gearbox. Today, it is more of a 911R (1967 factory lightweight race car) with many R parts including a plastic hood, front fenders and deck lid, 911R corner light....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 304182
Engine Num: 907419

This Porsche 911 was completed on July 16th of 1966. It possesses numerous early production details including the Weber-carbureted type 901/05 engine, wood interior trim, and distinctive 911 script on the dashboard and engine lid. It was originally p....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 304427
Engine Num: 907674

This Porsche is finished in Slate Gray (code 601) and equipped with a Webasto heater, antenna, and loudspeaker. It was sold through Porsche Car Pacific, and its original owner was William C. Fitch of San Jose, California, who retained ownership until....[continue reading]

1966 Porsche 911 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 303482
Engine Num: 903609

Porsche produced 1,709 examples of the short-wheelbase 911 coupe for the 1966 model year. This particular example is among the first 100 in the group, known as the 'O' series. The car left the assembly line on January 14th of 1966, finished in Polo R....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 301374 
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Chassis #: 305518 
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Chassis #: 304579 
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Chassis #: 304182 
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Chassis #: 304427 
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Porsche
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)17,239
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)13,898
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)15,292
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)14,133
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)10,941
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)13,134
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)11,243
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)10,808
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)9,672
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)5,759
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)7,559

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