Coldplay bassist, Guy Berryman is currently taking his Tuthill-restored 1967 Porsche 911S on tour around Europe and is about to start the Coupe des Alpes with the car. Guy kindly sent us a photo to share.
1967 Porsche 911S: more power, less weight
The SWB 911S is a special machine. Introduced in 1966 for the 1967 model year, the S took the basic SWB 2-litre and improved its performance across the board. Power went from 130 horsepower to 160 horsepower courtesy of a lightweight flat six with a forged steel crank and connecting rods, and larger intake ports fed by Weber 40 IDS carburettors.
Brakes were improved with ventilated front discs and the suspension was also upgraded, with Koni dampers, a 15mm front anti-roll bar and a 16mm rear bar. Fuchs light alloy wheels – nowadays inextricably linked to the 911 – made their Porsche debut on the ’67 S, in 4.5 x 15″ sizes all around. The S also benefitted from a lower weight than the standard car, at just over 1,000 kilograms.
Guy bought this ’67 S in the USA several years ago and had it shipped straight to us for inspection. On the plus side, the car was complete, which is important on a SWB 911 as so many parts are unique to the model year. Condition overall left much to be desired, so we embarked upon a complete refurbishment that – as with all of our restorations – would preserve as much of the originality as possible.
The project was not a small task. As a well-known classic car expert with several significant cars in his collection, Guy was closely involved throughout the restoration. It was a pleasure to help bring his 911 back to life and we love seeing the car on tour in Europe. We are all delighted with the finished result!
Guy’s affinity with classic cars and the stories they tell began in adolescence, when his Channel Tunnel engineer father would work on classic sports cars at weekends and invite Guy to assist. Their shared interest encouraged a vast archive of motoring books and magazines, and that passion for period motoring reportage has now led to the creation of a brand new magazine and online media stream: Road Rat Magazine. To learn more about Guy’s new venture, check out RoadRatMagazine on Facebook, @roadratmagazine on Twitter and @roadratmagazine on Instagram.