Porsche commemorates the country's first 911 in style.
The legendary Porsche 911 launched in 1963, but it wasn't until 1965 that the first one was sold down under in Australia. 55 years later, Porsche has created two models from its Exclusive Manufaktur program to mark the occasion. The two cars, based on the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, were designed in a collaboration between the Porsche Center Melbourne and Porsche Center Sydney South.
Australia's first 911 was delivered by the Porsche retailer at the time, Norman Hamilton, to Adelaide-based farmer, Ron Angas. Today, the car still lives in Australia and is among the first right-hand-drive 911 models ever built.
"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 Center Melbourne.
Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur did not exist at the time, but Angas managed to order his 911 in his ideal specification, including a five-speed manual transmission. The car was finished in Stone Grey paired with a unique green leather interior and maple yellow timber dashboard trim.
"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 Center Sydney South.
The new 992-generation cars are finished in Crayon, a modern-day equivalent of Stone Grey. Inside, the cabins come finished with Agave Green Club leather with contrasting Crayon stitching, and Agave Green seat belts. Both also feature wood trim and a '1965 Reimagined' plate on the door sills.
The 1965 Porsche 911 cost 2,000 Australian pounds back when Angas ordered it in 1964, a far cry from the $113,300 starting price of a 2020 Carrera S. His order form read '901' (the originally intended name for the 911) because he purchased the car before the infamous contract dispute with Peugeot. The car eventually arrived in Australia bearing the '911' badge.
Porsche Australia's two Exclusive Manufaktur partners - Porsche Center Sydney South and Porsche Center Melbourne will display the two new cars, alongside the original car. The 1965 car usually lives at The Bend Motorsport Park museum, but the current owner will loan the car to be shown next to its predecessors.