Australia’s first 911 reimagined by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur
Fifty five years since the first 911 was sold Down Under, two Porsche Exclusive models have been created in homage.
Created jointly by Porsche Centre Melbourne and Porsche Centre Sydney South, the two special editions will go on show over the coming months alongside the first 911 to turn heads Down Under, back in 1965.
“The idea was to take the 1965 911 and reimagine that car and all its wonderful details for 2020,” explains Dean Williams, New Vehicle Sales Manager, Porsche Centre Melbourne.
It’s incredible that 55 years after the original 911 was delivered to Mr Angas, we can replicate some of the same features in the modern equivalent. It shows just how timeless the 911 is, says Lee Hallett, General Sales Manager, Porsche Centre Sydney South.
While the 1965 911 was finished in Stone Grey, the 2020 equivalent from the 992-series colour palette is Crayon, and the two Carrera S models feature matching paintwork on the rear engine cover slats and 20/21 inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels, which have contrasting black calipers just like the car of 55 years past. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur SportDesign side skirts, painted exterior mirrors and high-gloss trim strips are among the finishing touches of the present-day colour scheme.
The interiors of the reimagined coupés are finished in Agave Green Club leather with contrasting Crayon stitching and matching Agave Green seat belts. Unlike the original, they benefit from 14-way electric sports seats with memory package and the Porsche crest is embossed on the headrests. Both of the type 992 cars have been fitted with an interior package in environmentally-responsible Paldao Dark.
The first 911 Down Under
When Ron Angas put down 2,000 Australian pounds on a new six cylinder Porsche in 1964, the order form stated ‘901’. But by the time the Stone Grey sportscar arrived on Angas’s farm in the Barossa Valley, 100km north of Adelaide, the badge bore the numbers 911, following Porsche’s now famous trademark dispute with Peugeot. The new owner didn’t mind: it meant the distinctive ‘119’ black and white number plate that had been worn by several Angas family cars over the years would neatly mirror the new addition’s model name.
The car’s current owner, Adelaide Porsche enthusiast Stewart Kay, first saw it when he interviewed Wilson for a university paper in the late 1980s. Secreted in the shadows of Wilson’s garage, Kay noticed it bore a stark similarity to a car he had read about in an English magazine.
Calls to the factory via Porsche Cars Australia soon confirmed that the 911 in Wilson’s garage was one of the first right hand drive examples ever built.
Aug 18, 2020 at 14:44