There’s something about a short-wheelbase 911 in a rich red hue that draws the eye, and this one drew close attention from concours judges at the 2015 Porsche Parade staged at French Lick, Indiana. Its owners, Daryl and Betty Goetz, brought home a First-in-Class award (Touring, Preparation), having outscored half-a-dozen other show-quality early 911s and 912s in their category.
In the fall of 1974, Daryl responded to a Jacksonville, Florida newspaper ad offering a 1966 Porsche 911. He was looking forward to a new civilian job at Proctor and Gamble in North Carolina the following June after leaving the service. “I planned to settle down, so I felt I could finally scratch my itch for a Porsche,” he explains. “That’s when it happened, when I first saw my 1966 911, and immediately fell in love.”
The car, he recalls, had the sleekest lines he had ever seen. “The curves were sensuous, very alluring, and it just emanated speed. The rich leather interior with its wood dash and steering wheel said, ‘sit in me and hold me tight,’ so I did.” It took half a year of negotiating to close the sale, and in the spring of 1975, after what Daryl calls “divorces from her two previous owners,” his 40-plus year infatuation with this Porsche began.
Chassis number 303670 was completed on March 17th, 1966 and delivered through Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville. Both the original engine, number 9038934, and transaxle, number 228918, remain with the car today, along with its original owner’s manual, window sticker, and operating manuals. Daryl discovered the name of the original owner, Joseph Hixon of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, from the radio warranty registration card.
Daryl had met Mark Schlachter, whose Cincinnati business, MetalKraft CoachWerks, specializes in the restoration of old Porsches. When Daryl asked Schlachter if he might be interested in taking on the 911, the answer, as you might expect, was in the affirmative. There was one simple instruction: “Don’t take any short-cuts,” and the three-year bare-metal restoration was underway.
The Porsche entered Schlachter’s shop June 21st, 2010 and didn’t emerge again until September 2012. After Mark and his small crew stripped the 911 down to its basics, the engine was disassembled to determine what was needed. They found that two cylinders were badly corroded and their cylinder heads beyond saving. In 2011 the engine parts were crated and shipped down to Tucker, Georgia, where renowned Porsche racing mechanic Franz Blam had set up a small shop to occupy himself in retirement. Having decided that he didn’t want a garage queen, Daryl told Franz that he wanted to drive the car and that reliability was more important than building a hot rod.
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