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1977 PORSCHE 911S CUSTOM - ZEEMAX BODY

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This Porsche 911 S is a classic air-cooled model that has been substantially transformed by the addition of a rare tuner bodykit. Under the engine lid is a 2.7-litre flat-six, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer indicates 171,069 miles from new.

Understood to be an original UK-market car that was first registered in June 1977, it had nine previous registered keepers over 41 years, and was registered as ‘TSO 151R’ before being exported to Ireland in May 2018.

The appearance of this 911 has been modernised by the fitment of a complete Zeemax body kit. This comprises new front and rear wings, front and rear bumpers, a new engine lid with a substantial rear wing, and new side sills. These lightweight panels are fitted in place of the original elements. A previous owner of this car was informed by Zeemax that approximately 170 kits of this style were distributed worldwide for the 911.

Its black paintwork presents in good order, with an appealing gloss shine around the car. The vendor reports some small stone chips in the finish, and there appear to be some superficial marks in other places as well. Overall, this looks like a smart custom 911 though. Its exterior features and trims have been upgraded in places, with later light lenses and a rear reflector strip. It rides on a set of 18-inch Artec Type E alloy wheels with spacers, which are in great shape.

In the cabin, the re-trimmed black upholstery is in good condition, showing minimal wear on the front seats, and no rips or other significant damage. The equipment includes electric windows, as well as a retractable sunroof, which is in good working order. As you would expect given the car’s age and mileage, there are some marks and blemishes to the interior trim, but nothing that stands out as unsightly. The gear knob has been changed, and there is a Nardi Personal steering wheel. The vendor reports that the cold and hot air works, but that it does not get particularly warm in colder weather.

The most recent maintenance was carried out in 2019 at approximately 166,000 miles by Classic Carreras, which consisted of a minor service. Shortly after the vendor acquired the car in 2018, it underwent some restoration work and a full service. In total there are receipts and invoices for around £15,000 since it was brought over to Ireland.

The last MOT test in the UK took place on 18 September 2017 at 164,885 miles, when it achieved a first-time pass with no advisories. It is understood to be exempt from mandatory MOT testing on the basis of age. The vendor reports a minor oil leak, but no other known faults or foibles. The tyres are reported to be in good condition, with the rear items recently renewed.

This Porsche 911 S with full Zeemax body kit is a custom classic, which retains the inimitable character that only an air-cooled 911 can boast. It is reported to drive well, and is evidently an eye-catching car to drive on the road. This rare conversion is sure to appeal to anyone seeking a Porsche that stands out from the crowd, and is a great candidate for further modifications or tuning.

As this car is not UK-registered, it cannot be run through Collecting Cars’ standard online HPI check process. However, the DVLA data available through HPI covering the period of 1977 through to export in 2018 shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and showed no finance owing.

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