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1966

Porsche

911

David
Escondido
Make
Porsche
Model
911
Year
1966
Color
Bahama Yellow
Brief History: 

Our 911 is an early production MY ‘66 Coupe originally sold through the storied Vasek Polak Porsche dealership in Manhattan Beach in April of 1966. Over its fifty eight year life, it has had eight owners, resided entirely in Southern California, accumulated over 238,000 chassis miles and gone through three engines. We are the eighth and longest owners. My wife purchased the car just out of college in 1984 as a replacement for the broken down hand-me-down VW van her parents had given to her. It was a case of “I need a car right now” and a friend of a friend from work said they knew a local high school teacher who was selling a car and she should look into it. Two phone calls later, one to the seller and one to the bank for a loan, she was standing in front of the car with a smile on her face and the keys (and pink slip) in her hand, it was just that fast. It became her daily driver until well after we were married in ’93 and the arrival of our two children which necessitated adding an SUV to the garage, though on numerous occasions it still served as a grocery getter and kid hauler to school and other events in addition to weekend, date night, and military reserve weekend transportation duty. In 2017, its age was really starting to show. The cabin was deafeningly loud at freeway speeds due to all the door seals being original and dried out and the wash water took on Bahama Yellow tinge every time we washed it as the paint was literally washing off. We knew a full restoration was in order and were lucky to find a local custom shop that would allow my wife and I to use a corner of their space and equipment for our “project”. After two and a half years, hundreds of hours, gallons of sweat and numerous bruises, busted knuckles, and more than a few expletives, our restoration was complete. Replaced by a Cayenne for hauling duty, our 911 now enjoys a less strenuous life of weekend driver, date night transporter, and cars & coffee, cruise night, auto show, and PCA concours participant as we truly enjoy sharing the car with others. At last year’s Werks Reunion in Monterey we actually had a reunion. We meet owner number five. He saw the car, recognized the rather distinctive original license plate it still has, walked up to me and introduced himself by saying “I used to own that car”. We had a great conversation and I learned a great deal about the car’s life while it was in his care. He even offered me the car’s lead nose weights that he still had (he had been using them as door stops in his shop). Vintage Porsche ownership is truly like joining a family. Now we just need to meet the rest of the relatives. We attended our first PCA Porsche Parade event last June where we and the car received its highest honor to date. Representatives from Porsche AG attend each year’s event and select from all the Concours participants their favorite. For the 75th anniversary year of Porsche and the 60th anniversary year of the 911, they unanimously decided that Bahama Yellow was in and presented us the coveted Judge’s Choice Trophy. We were stunned and very humbled that the original manufacturer thought that highly of our simple 911. In addition to the Annual Porsche Parade Judge’s Choice Trophy, we were selected for First in Class at the 2023 Werks Reunion Concour in Monterey, First in Class and Division in Concours events held by PCA Long Beach Region, Orange Coast Region, and San Diego Region, and Club Choice Trophy winner at the La Jolla Concours.

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