A prototype of the 911 broke cover for the first time at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it instantly captivated the public. Baptised the 901, it was renamed 911 at the 1964 commercial launch due to a dispute over the naming rights with Peugeot. The coupé used a new two litre six-cylinder boxer engine with 130hp—enough for a top speed of 210 km/h.
As with the 356, the new Porsche 911 was characterized by its build quality and the top materials used in the cabin. What stood out more on the 911 though, was the technology under its skin. By installing the boxer engine behind the rear axle, the German engineers could not only evolve a monocoque-type body, but also the suspension and braking system, creating a coupe with a true sporting appeal.
The constant evolution policy traditionally employed by Porsche led to the launch in 1966, of the 911 S version—the first to be equipped with the famous Fuchs alloy wheels. At the end of that year, they introduced the novel Targa body—their first attempt to transform the 911 into a convertible. The new Targa was fitted with a permanent roll bar to further improve passenger safety. In 1969 the Porsche 911 saw the displacement of its boxer engine rise to 2.2 litres. The transmission was also changed to Porsche’s Sportomatic semi-automatic box with four ratios, in 1967.
According to factory records, this Porsche was completed in October 1966, finished in Irish Green lacquer, and trimmed with optional tinted windows, shield plugs, a left rear-view mirror, chrome rims and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio. The engine in this model is the 130hp two litre six-cylinder type 901/05 boxer unit, which delivers that power at 6,100 revolutions per minute. The coupe, with registration number LB-78-87 is equipped with the original five-speed manual type 902/1 gearbox.
In September 2012 the vehicle was recognized by Porsche Ibérica who issued it with a Certificate of Authenticity.