The first Porsche 911 in Australia with its matching grandchildren

Porsche’s 911 is a true staple among sports cars as well as being a benchmark in terms of both performance and the driving experience. It all started more than five decades ago and merely months after the 911 was put into series production, a Stone Grey example arrived on the shores of Australia. That was the first 911 to drive on the roads Down Under and now, Porsche Center Melbourne and Porsche Center Sydney South have joined forces to build two 992-based tributes some 55 years on.

The Porsche 911 has surely grown quite a bit in five decades

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Australia's first Porsche 911 arrived in Adelaide in 1965 having been ordered by local farmer Ron Angas who filled the paperwork for a brand-new 901 in late 1964.

However, by the time the rear-engined sports car reached Angas, through Australian dealer Norman Hamilton, it had been rebadged as the 911 after Peugeot reminded Porsche during the 1964 Paris Auto Show that any three-digit number with a 0 in the middle is the property of Peugeot and cannot be used by anybody else.

Angas, who’d been driving around in cars sporting a ’119’ number plate for years, probably enjoyed the new-found symmetry between the plate and his new Porsche and dully began to get the attention of his neighbors around Barossa Valley, 62 miles away from Sydney. While the car did come fitted with a silencer, it was still significantly louder than any family sedan and it also made about double the power - 134 horsepower according to the dyno, four horsepower above the official output of the 2.0-liter, air-cooled flat-six.

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Angas drove the car regularly and even went as far as building a dedicated hillclimb course on his property so that he could put the car through its paces. It was there, at what would become known as the Collingrove hillclimb that Norman Hamilton’s son Alan bagged Porsche’s maiden National Motor Racing title in 1966 when he won the Australian Hillclimb Championship aboard a 909 Bergspyder equipped with the boxer-6 of the Porsche 906.

In 1969, the 911, now displaying little over 54,000 miles on the odometer, was sold on by Angas to a friend of his, architect Roy Wilson.
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The latter kept it for many years and eventually sold it to Porsche enthusiast Stewart Kay who’d first seen it when he interviewed Wilson for a university paper in the late ’80s. After falling in love with the car, Kay researched its history with help from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart and was awestruck to find out that it was one of the oldest surviving RHD 911s in the world and came complete with the original keys, original owners’ manual, service books, and more than 84,500 original miles on the clock.

Now, courtesy of Porsche Center Melbourne and Porsche Center Sydney South, we got to see how Angas’ 911 would look like if he’d made his order in 2020, not 1964.

The two 992-generation coupes were built to mimic - as much as possible - the spec of the old, narrow-body 911.
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It was all done through Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, Porsche’s very own personalization program, that found the closest matching exterior color to be Crayon. The pair of Carrera S models also received painted engine cover slats, Carrera-style rims, SportDesign side skirts, painted exterior mirrors, and high-gloss trim strips.

The green leather inside the ’grandpa’ 911 was mimicked inside the new 911s by using Agave Green Club leather with contrasting Crayon stitching. The two cars sport unique engravings on the sills. The three cars will go on tour and can be seen in the near future in both Sydney and Melbourne at Porsche dealers in the area.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S specifications
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 191 mph PDK
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.5 sec PDK / 3.3 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono)

Source: Porsche Newsroom

Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read More
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