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RHD 1967 911S's
May 1st, 2020
We do love a bit of research. I recently spent a ridiculous amount of time compiling a list of the first RHD 911S’s. I can’t really remember why. I‘m not even sure there was a real point – just a pedantic need to know. Oddly, I have since met others who have done exactly the same thing. The Porsche Cars GB records suggest 35 such cars came to the UK in the second part of 1966 and the first part of 1967. I should thank Peter Cook, archivist at the Porsche Club, for letting me go through them. I know of a further 10 cars that went to other RHD markets – it’s possible there were a few more – making 45 or so in total. Here are the stories of the very earliest UK cars and some of the others with an interesting ownership or competition history.
 
The first UK-delivered RHD 911S was a light ivory Motor Show and press car delivered to Isleworth early in August 1966 and registered LYY 911D. It was the subject of an Autocar road test and a Sunday Times magazine feature complete with colour photography. Autocar wrote, predictably, perhaps, of oversteer. Jackie Stewart, test-driving the car for the newspaper, was unhappy with understeer. You can’t please them all. LYY 911D sold at auction a few years back in a poor state, though with many original parts still present. It is awaiting restoration in Essex. The next two cars arrived in September. LYV 10D was – and is – Aga Blue. It remains in good driving condition and is regularly seen at events. LYV 11D was Polo Red. It led a full life and, possibly, a brief one, as it appears no longer to be with us. It was first supplied to Alan Mann, who apparently disliked it, before it went rallying with Doug Harris and Mike Hayward, who shared it on events including the Monte Carlo in 1969. I read they lost their passports on the way. I haven’t found a third or fourth car in this initial group registered LYV 9D, contrary to what is typically claimed.


Doug Harris and Mike Hayward on the 1969 Monte Carlo Rally
 
A general question in this sort of exercise is what do we mean by the first example of a particular car or model? Is it the first to be ordered? The first to be completed by the factory? The first to be delivered to a dealer? The first to be sold to a customer? Or, alternatively, is it the one with the lowest chassis number? The different questions typically have different answers. That said, LYY 911D ticks a lot of boxes, including having the lowest chassis number. LYV 11D had a lower chassis number than LYV 10D and was delivered slightly earlier but, as its registration number suggests, it sold slightly later. NAC 199E, another Polo Red car, has the second lowest chassis number – one lower than LYV 11D – but didn’t come to the UK until December and wasn’t sold until January. The car is now in Scotland. Meanwhile, another RHD car seems to have been collected directly from the factory in August and the car with the earliest order number was none of the above! 
 
It wasn’t until later that some of the cars were bought and prepped for competition by the enthusiasts of the time. Dickie Stoop collected a silver car – one of three in that colour – from the factory in April and promptly registered it YOU 4. He raced the car – with wider steel wheels replacing the standard skinny Fuchs – until his untimely death in 1968. The car is now under restoration in Suffolk. Gordon Durham’s Bahama Yellow car, OLL 2E, was delivered in April and fitted with a sport kit, airport gearing and an LSD, a big fuel tank and sports seats. The car is now in Australia. Rob Mackie collected Dan Margulies’ similarly-coloured car from the factory in May and drove it straight to the Targa Florio, where it competed on German plates and steel wheels. It came eleventh overall and second in class. There is a great Maurice Rowe photograph of it on the event with the usual Ferrari-related graffiti in the background. The car was registered OLL 4E on its return to the UK, but seems since to have disappeared. 


Jeremy Richardson at Mont Ventoux in 1968
 
The last UK order – and the highest chassis number – was a Polo Red car collected from the factory in June. It too was quickly put to work. Brian Joscelyne hill climbed it at Mont Ventoux in the same month. Owner, Karl Richardson, did so at Ollon Villars in August. It reappeared in Jeremy Richardson’s hands, and now registered OLL 8E, at Ventoux in 1968. There are fabulous pictures of this car and some of the others – including LVY 11D on the Monte and the Margulies/Mackie car on the Targa – in Maurice Louche’s excellent photo archive. For those who like their registration numbers – and who doesn’t – OLL 6E and OLL 7E were also 911S’s. The final few cars from the model year came to the UK in August 1967, almost exactly a year after the first. Special cars and special times.

A previous version of this piece appeared in Classic Porsche magazine. Photo credit Archives Maurice Louche.
 
Robert Barrie E&OE