1976 Porsche 911S Signature Edition

I feature a lot of Porsches and generally feel I have a pretty good handle on the various 911 models and editions that have been produced. At one point or another I have featured pretty much all of them. There are exceptions, there are always exceptions. Here is one that I did not know existed: a 1976 Porsche 911S Signature Edition. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what the Signature Edition is supposed to commemorate. Or perhaps it isn’t supposed to commemorate anything given that I can’t find anything out about it. It is called the Signature Edition because each of the 200 examples produced has Ferry Porsche’s signature on the steering wheel. Maybe one day he just felt like signing a steering wheel and, behold, the Signature Edition was born.

The details that set apart the Signature Edition aren’t limited to a steering wheel. You got a special Platinum Metallic exterior with color-matched cookie cutter wheels. But the interior is where these 911s really stand out. It’s a tan leatherette with black dash along with tweed seat inserts and door panels. Even that signed wheel was a contrasting tan and black (and also very ugly). With its mix of beiges and browns the Signature Edition is perhaps the most ’70s version of an car I can imagine. I won’t call it a pretty car by any means, but let’s call it period correct. That sounds better.

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1972 Porsche 911S Coupe

Well this is interesting. Typically when I see a 911 like this one I assume it’s some variant of a backdated 911SC or 3.2 Carrera. The value of most long-hood 911s is such that modifying an original car would be as useful as setting money on fire and much less efficient. But this is a bona fide 1972 Porsche 911S. So not only are we looking at a modified early 911, but it’s an S. Add to that the uniqueness of the ’72 911 with its one-year-only external oil filler and this is a pretty rare find.

From what the current owner has been able to gather it sounds like the conversion of this 911 happened long enough ago that investment potential wasn’t really of much concern. So modifications could be carried out with fewer worries. On the flipside it also means we don’t really know a lot about how this 911S arrived at the state in which it currently sits. That’s a little bit of a problem, but from the owner’s comments while we may not know how it got here we do know it drives very well. It also looks pretty great!

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1977 Porsche 911S Targa

A couple days ago I featured a 911 that had undergone a bit of a transformation into what we might best describe as an off-roader. I thought it seemed like a potentially interesting project, but in its present condition seemed somewhat incomplete. The pricing also didn’t seem great all things considered.

Here we can look at something similar though nearly the opposite. This is a Burgundy Metallic 1977 Porsche 911S Targa and unlike the 911S Safari, as it was dubbed, this one appears in nearly original condition, was under long-term ownership, has very low mileage, and looks pristine. At its best, this is what a mid-year 911 can look like. As I noted in the Safari post, the general lack of desirability of these models makes them good candidates for unique projects. With this one maybe we’ll see just where the market presently lies for an original example.

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1976 Porsche 911S – Safari

Let’s get weird. I’ll admit, when I see a 911 my first thought has never been, “Alright, now how do we get that off road?” Granted we are nearing three decades since Porsche began offering all-wheel drive on the 911 so I suppose off-roading isn’t that far-fetched a pursuit. But still. The 911 we see here, a 1976 Porsche 911S converted to what the sellers have called ‘Safari’ configuration, doesn’t even have all-wheel drive yet here it is looking fully ready to trek through the savannas of Africa in search of the nearest lion.

Of course, the impetus for a build like this probably didn’t stem from some desire to go on safari in a 911, but rather from Porsche’s own rally exploits in the 911. Those exploits began early in the 911’s life and while rallying hasn’t really been Porsche’s forte they were quite competitive in those early years. I also understand the desire to have a 911 that stands well apart from the crowd. Not all racing is road racing and not all enjoyable driving must occur on smooth roads. For those looking for a 911 to take them to more obscure destinations an off-roader might be just the ticket.

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1971 Porsche 911S Targa

I won’t proclaim this as the greatest 911 in the world or anything of that sort, but this 1971 Porsche 911S Targa does check a lot of the boxes for what we might look for in an early 911 when not looking for absolutely pristine collector-quality condition. It is coming out of long-term ownership as the current owner has had it since 1974 and it is in mostly original condition. It is numbers matching per the CoA and has had one repaint in its original color of Gold Metallic. The interior is mostly original with only the carpets having been replaced and shows a nice looking set of sport seats. The color itself is an uncommon one and certainly has its fans. Overall everything looks in very good shape and the level of originality here appears quite good. Oh, and of course it is the highly desirable 911S.

It doesn’t pop off the page the way some early 911s do, but it definitely shows as one of the better and probably more original examples we see.

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1976 Porsche 911S Targa

For a color that never seems very common on the roads I do seem to come across a lot of yellow 911s. I like yellow as a car color so that works for me! It’s been available in various forms throughout the 911’s existence and that’s why we tend to see them fairly frequently. Among the respective models they remain pretty rare, but along the entire range we see them often enough. This one, a Talbot Yellow 1976 Porsche 911S Targa with 93,044 miles on it, definitely fits that bill and given the lack of love the mid-year 911s tend to receive it may even end up coming in at a pretty good value. That yellow exterior is contrasted with a Cinnamon interior and it has the cookie-cutter wheels rather than Fuchs.

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1972 Porsche 911S Coupe

I’ve got a couple more yellow 911s I’d like to feature. This one in particular possesses a strong resemblance to the Summer Yellow 3.2 Carrera featured Wednesday. This 1972 Porsche 911S Coupe would not be the same color (Limonengelb), but it’s still quite similar. We aren’t told the color code of this one, but I suspect it is either Lemon Yellow/Canary Yellow (Zitronengelb) or Light Yellow (Hellgelb). Two very similar colors and very difficult to distinguish in the shade. Both are very attractive as evidenced by this 911S.

It feels like forever since I’ve featured an early 911S and this is a particularly nice example for me to return to them with. It’s been fully restored and looks immaculate right now. It shows a black interior containing sports seats with houndstooth inserts. It doesn’t get much better than that for the seats and they complement the exterior yellow very well. Original mileage is unknown, but the listing states the current mileage as 500, which I assume is the number of miles traveled since it was restored.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe

It’s been a little while since we checked in on the market for the mid-year 911. Mostly that’s due to not frequently coming across particularly desirable examples. As one of the least loved of the air-cooled 911 range, and with performance and reliability concerns being largely responsible for that lack of love, these simply aren’t models that owners tucked away, using only for weekend cruising, or models that restorers have had their eye on returning to former glory.

This one is an exception. It has been fully restored and even though that restoration occurred seven years ago it still looks in wonderful condition. It’s also a nice color combination even if dark green metallics tend to attract less attention than other available colors. For those who are fans of dark green though – and I count myself in that group – I think this combination should have a good deal of appeal. The asking price strikes me as a bit high, but, again, I haven’t had a good eye on the market so a nice example could be capable of fetching this value. We shall see. Let’s take a look: here we have an Oak Green Metallic 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe with Cork interior.

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1967 Porsche 911S Coupe

While the number of 911 models Porsche produces has grown considerably over the years, catering to just about every possible combination you can conceive, a consistent moniker has stood out for those seeking higher performance: the S. Whether the 911S, the Carrera S, the Turbo S, or the various RS models (those count right?) that single letter has let buyers know that it would be a model catering more to their spirited side rather than to comfort. While the S was on hiatus during the late-70s and all of the ’80s it returned in Turbo S form (and Carrera RS form) for the 964 and then finally found itself reattached to the Carrera itself with the Carrera S and 4S, both of which debuted as part of the 993 line. It hasn’t left us since.

But it began here, in 1967, with the 911S. In the ’60s, buyers initially only had access to the base 911. That was it, one choice. In 1967 the lineup expanded with the addition of the 911S and the Soft-window Targa, available both in S trim and without. The S brought with it the sort of features we’d expect: More power (up to 160 hp from the base 911’s 130), upgraded shocks and brakes, along with a rear anti-roll bar and Fuchs wheels. Leatherette on the dash and wheel provided interior upgrades. The 911 had become sportier. And then it wasn’t. For 1968 Porsche gave us the 911L and removed the S from the US lineup. Thankfully, 1969 saw its return, now placed above the entry-level 911T and mid-grade 911E, and all 911s had a longer wheelbase.

That makes the one-year-only short-wheelbase 911S a pretty special car and here we find one for sale: an Irish Green 1967 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Washington, with a reported 29,177 miles on it.

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1973 Porsche 911S Coupe

I wasn’t really looking for this 911, but it was impossible to pass by. This actually makes two straight posts of 911s too striking and pretty to ignore. Here we see a Gold Metallic 1973 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Massachusetts, with Tan leatherette interior and a claimed 71,721 miles on it. It has sports seats and a sunroof. It also is said to be well documented with records going back to its inception. It looks stunning!

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