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Recently reading the article on page 24 of Classic Porsche issue #35 (May/june 2016) about the blue 1966 2.0-litre 911, I started thinking about my Porsche past. Now that this year the one millionth 911 has been built and celebrated, with a tip of the hat to the early 911s from the days of Ferry Porsche with the wood insert in the dashboard, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and black and white seat upholstery, I thought you might be interested in my 1965 911L. The car is from the first 3000 built starting in August 1964, I believe.
I bought it in August 1970 for a price of 8000 Guilders – that's around 4000€ now – when it had already covered 60,000km. It came with the 130bhp 2.0-litre engine fitted with Solex carburettors and the standard five-speed gearbox.
Inside it had the wood panel across the dashboard, the original wood-rimmed steering wheel, the instruments were green, the seat upholstery design was known in those days as 'Pepita' – and the sound was pure Porsche.
I did not know too much about the history of the car, only that it was special in as much as the rear fenders were modified and the track widened using wheel spacers. It definitely looked good.
The bright blue metallic was beautiful but although I don't think it was the original paint it was very well done. Furthermore the designation L(uxe) was not original from 1965 I thought – it was only in 1967 that there was the 110bhp bhp 'T', 130bhp 'L' and the 160bhp 'S' from what I recently learned.
The (Dutch) 'FN' licence plate was issued in October 1965, but the car could have been built months earlier. In due time I had the camshafts renewed, along with the cam chain tensioners, and had a new steering rack intalled. That added up to another 2500 Guilders cash!
When idling you could hear the fuel pump, and if you placed your hand on the right-hand rear wing, you could feel the heat from the oil tank. I sold the car three years later, and sadly the licence number does not exist any more, but who knows, maybe the car was sold to the USA?
Like my classic 1961 Porsche 356 1600 Super. I think it was the 75bhp model, with the Karmann body and twin-grille engine lid. It was an import from Germany which I bought in 1968 for just 2500 Guilders. I always opened the back vent windows so I could enjoy the sound of the engine even more. I sold it early in 1970 to an American soldier who shipped it overseas.
The pictures were taken in Amsterdam, not far from the (old) Ajax stadium. Our football icon Johan Cruyff also owned a Porsche by the way: a red 911T. .. Wim Grund Amsterdam
“OUR FOOTBALL ICON JOHAN CRUYFF ALSO OWNED A RED 911T…”
Keith Seume replies: Many thanks for sharing your memories. The rear wings (fenders) on your 911 look interesting, as dothe wheel covers on the 356!
CRAWFORD CLUBSPORT It was a great pleasure to read the article about Esler Crawford in issue #45 of Classic Porsche. Amongst his chronology of cars there was mention of a 3.2 Carrera Clubsport, which he described by saying: 'I did like that car '. Esler will be pleased to know that the car is still running sweetly on the superb driving roads we have here in the North West Scottish Highlands – we live on the route of the increasingly popular NC500!
Esler Crawford was the first registered keeper of this particular Clubsport; another well known owner was, coincidentally, Gordon Wingrove, who was part of the John Wyer racing team and author of The Ultimate Owner 's Guide to the 3.2 Carrera. Huw Banister Achnasheen Scotland Keith Seume replies: I’m sure Esler will be delighted to know his car is alive and well, living amongst such beautiful scenery.