In late fifties the Porsche 356 began to feel the weight of the years. Its 4-cylinder engine was born in 1948 andwas derived, like other components, from the Volkswagen Beetle. For the design of the new car, Ferry Porschedealt with the technical side, entrusting stylistic innovation to his son, Ferdinand Alexander "Butzi" Porsche. Itwas decideda priorito maintain the technical and stylistic layout of the 356, with an air-cooled boxer enginemounted at the rear, but with enough roominess to accommodate4 people. Building it in series, Porsche wouldhave entered the "two-liter" GT market, with a competitive price compared to the handcrafted models of manyItalian coachbuilders, on Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia mechanics. The technical development wasn’t difficultunlike the definition of the bodywork: the T7 prototype did not convince. Butzi was forced to abandon theprogrammatic point of the 4 seats and turn back on the 2+2 configuration, getting a similar design to the oneadopted in 1960 by Franco Scaglione for the 356 Carrera Abarth which, together with the T7, prefigures thefuture 911. The appearance was immediately very balanced and with a strong stylistic kinship with the 356. Forthe new car the acronym 901 was chosen and the first, yellow painted, example was presented at the 1963Frankfurt Motor Show, with good praise from the public and the press. The marketing, at the beginning of 1964,was immediately hampered by Peugeot's warning to use the initials 901, as depository of all three-digit numberswith zero in the center for its models. The Porsche was forced to change the acronym to 911. Although achievinggood sales, the 911 was initially hit by strong controversy, above all aimed at the excessive price list, comparedto that of the 356, and at the demanding road holding. Following the protests, the company decided to reducethe price and undertook resolving, step by step, the technical deficiencies complained that had contributed to adecrease in sales. The nervous behavior of the car, the directional instability above 130 km/h and the significantundersteer were especially complained. The definitive 911 had independent 4-wheel suspensions with torsionbars, 4 disc brakes and 5-speed manual gearbox. The air-cooled 6-cylinder boxer powered by 2 Solex triple barrelcarburettors had a displacement of 1991cc and an output power of 130 hp. In 1966 the 911 S was launched and,thanks to a series of modifications, reached a power of 160 hp. Externally it was recognizable by the Fuchs alloywheels. At the end of 1967 the range was expanded: the basic model was the 911 T, with a quieter engine (110hp), the 911 L maintained the 130 hp engine and had better finishes, the 911 S always offered 160 hp. During1968, to make the road behavior less nervous, the wheelbase was extended by 6 cm. Many were the changesuntil 1973, the debut year of the so-called "G" series which will introduce even more substantial andrecognizable changes.
The IDEM Project
IDEM is a Latin word that means “the same”, and is also a syllabic acronym in English between the words“IDentity” and “EMotion”: in one word the very essence of a project. ID|EM is a brand dedicated to therestoration, customization and electrification of Porsche 911 cars,with the intention of fulfilling the desires notonly of classic car fans, but of all those who want a high quality vehicle,whatever their preference.In detail, theIDEM Works proposals are the following. “State of the Art” 0-mile restoration of classic Porsche 911 ‘F-model’cars (IDEM Renaissance).Total detailed and internationally registered new Porsche 911 cars, on the sample ofan existing restored classic Porsche 911 (IDEM Twins). “Atelier-Style” personalization and registration of anexisting Porsche 911 (IDEM Custom). Bespoke Series of registered ‘One-Off’ cars on the basis of Porsche 911“Sondermodell” cars (IDEM Unique). Electrification of classic Porsche 911 cars (IDEM 9ELHeaven). IDEM restoresand modifies existing Porsche automobiles for its customers, all works are numbered, filed and registered.
“Sondermodell” cars (IDEM Unique). Electrification of classic Porsche 911 cars (IDEM 9ELHeaven). IDEM restoresand modifies existing Porsche automobiles for its customers, all works are numbered, filed and registered.The carThe Porsche 911 T, chassis no. 118.25.348 is a 1968 model year, Karmann bodied car with a 2.0 liter engine type901/03 no. 2081364. It is one of the firsts IDEM’s “Renaissance”, a State of the Art, 0-mile restoration of a classicPorsche 911. The car is aF model (produced from 1964 to 1973) and is a T version, less performing than themore powerful S but definitely the best for daily driving and touring. It is one of the last SWB produced: 1968 isin fact the watershed between the first SWB models and thefollowing 911. More reactive in road behavior, it isa model decidedly more rare on the market. This car is a typical example of ‘barn finding’, since it spent thelatest 28 years in a wheat barn in Sicily. It was first registered in Sicily in 1968 and since then, until year 2015, italways belonged to the same family, though it changed plate three times due to the moved residence of theowner(s). This 911 spent all its life in the Island, and by the end of the eighties it was safely parked in the familybarn in the inlands, where high temperature and very low moisture helped keep the chassis and the mechanicsin excellent status. The car was brought back into life in 2015, the engine worked without any issue and only therear suspension bolts needed somefixing. Anyway the car deserved, and underwent a total restoration processthat ended in June 2017. And here it is, 100% original specs, as it came out from the factory exactly fifty yearsago. This 911 T holds all its documents, its original service book, and is road ready. The cardex and the Porschecertificate are available. The car brings double international certification, by dr. Jochen Bader (independentinspector-former general manager of Porsche Classic,absolute international reference for Porsche 356 and911) and of the Deuschle Büro (official inspector for Classic Data). Full documentation of the restoration worksis available. Porsche built only 683 cars with these specs, and this one is just mid-production. Much less thanhalf of this production is estimated still on the road today, and not more than 15% of this share is supposed tobe in original conditions or restored to the original, as this one is.
State of the Art
- Lothar Boschen, Jurgen Barth,Porsche un successo, Libreria Dell'automobile, Milano 1987.
- Mauro Borella,Porsche 911 1963-1998, Giorgio Nada Editore, Milano 2011.
- Sigmund Walter, Joerg Austen,Porsche 911, Evoluzione e Tecnica dal 1963 a oggi,Giorgio Nada Editore,Milano 2009.
- Joerg Austen,Porsche 911, Rally e Competizione, Giorgio Nada Editore, Milano 2008
Certificates and Statements
Porsche Certificate, Cardex, A.A.V.S
Italian Log book and Certificate of PropertyElegibility
- Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
- Targa Florio. Eligible.
- Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Eligible.
- Tour Auto. Eligible.-Le Mans Classic. Eligible.
- Goodwood Revival. Eligible-Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
- Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia. Eligible.-Winther Marathon. Eligible.
- Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.-Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
- Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
- Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Eligible.
- Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. EligibleElegibilityElegibility