1969 Porsche 911E Coupe

I got a good chuckle out of the opening to this ad. “Not bad!” That doesn’t seem far off from saying, “Doesn’t suck!”, but I guess we can at least appreciate the level of honesty. I don’t know that I’d say this Champagne Yellow 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe comes with a bit of risk – I think you’d probably have a sense of what you’re getting yourself into – but it does clearly need some work. It’s not in bad shape though. It’s driver quality, that’s for sure, but relative to a lot of 911E Coupes we see the price does actually appear to account for that quality.

1969 was the first year for the 911E, which sat between the entry-level 911T and the top-of-the-line 911S. The E shared a few features with the S and mostly represented a slightly less sporting version of those highly-sought after 911s. Hydro-pneumatic struts replaced the torsion bars up front and like the S the E had ventilated brake discs. It also shared its mechanically fuel injected engine, though in a lower tuned state: 140 hp vs 170 hp. Still it represented a nice step up from the entry-level T. 1969 also was the year Porsche lengthened the wheel base for all 911 and 912 models. So there are a decent number of first year aspects to this 911 and the color is fairly uncommon.

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1969 Porsche 911E Coupe

It’s tough to tell, but this is a Bahama Yellow 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe. When first looking at it I thought that had to be an error. Or, at least, I thought it wasn’t actually painted Bahama Yellow even if that was its original color. The color looks more like Sand Beige (or something along those lines). As I looked more closely, however, it does appear to be the case that it is Bahama Yellow – the pictures taken inside the garage do a better job of showing the color than the outdoor photos. Bahama Yellow is on the darker side of yellow, though it is by no means a dark color, just darker for yellow. It also has a slight brown tint to it, which helps explain why it might look like a darker version of beige when photographed entirely in the shade. I suppose all of this is to say that this 911 actually is quite a bit better than I initially thought and I initially thought it looked really good!

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Conda Green 1970 Porsche 911E Coupe

Here we have another lovely rare-colored 911 that we so seldom come across. Truth be told, I strongly would have considered featuring this 911E even if its color was more common because it is such a nice overall example of these early Porsches. That it does wear such a rare color simply adds to the mystique and the allure. This is a Conda Green 1970 Porsche 911E Coupe, located in California, with black interior. The engine has been rebuilt and hasn’t covered too many miles since that work, but overall this 911 has seen plenty of miles (168K) and surely provided its owners immense joy over those years. To find such an interesting example that also has been well used in its life always makes us smile.

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Year: 1970
Model: 911E
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 168,800 mi
Price: $134,990 Buy It Now

1-Family Owned for 27-Years
SoCal Porsche from New
Rare and Great Original Color

VIN#
ENG# 6201084 (911/01)
TRN# 7105413
Numbers Matching
800 Miles on recent Top End Engine Rebuild
34,000 Miles on Full Engine Rebuild
68,800 Miles on Odometer (168,800 on chassis)
Conda Green (26) on Black Leatherette (11)
5-Speed Manual Transmission (901)
Clean and Clear California title
Straight and Dry Chassis
3-SoCal Owners from New
Original Sales Window Sticker and Maintenance Book
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Early S Registry and R Gruppe Member Owned

This 911E was built in December of 1969 and sold new by Estes Zipper Porsche/Audi of Beverly Hills, California on February 18th, 1970. The first owner was a well-recognized music composer of film and radio scores. He kept the car until he passed away in 1989 after sadly loosing his battle with cancer. The current owner’s father-in-law was a jazz trumpet player, lyricist, and composer. He was a close friend with the original owner as they worked together. He had always admired this Conda green 911 E and after his friend’s passing, he asked the original owner’s daughter if he could purchase it. For the next 17-years, he enjoyed the car until his passing in 2006. At this point, the current owner (son-in-law) purchased the car.

All three owners obviously loved this car and were passionate about its care. Most services have been documented from day 1. Besides biannual services at the dealer or qualified independent shop, the first owner had major services performed at all of the correct intervals. In the early 80’s, this owner moved to Washington State and brought the car with him. Shortly after moving there, he got caught in a rainstorm and slid off the road into the shoulder. The damage was light on the front right fender, wheel well, and door. It was properly repaired and noted to be fairly minor. The repairs are carefully documented. Besides normal services, this owner also replaced the clutch and had the motor resealed. Furthermore, in 1978 with 56k-miles on the car, the original owner properly converted the hydropneumatic front suspension to a factory 911S setup. Factory aluminum S brakes were used as well as Koni strut inserts. All the work was done by Beverly Hills Foreign Car Centre. This is an expensive job and cost $1,200 back in the day. That’s the equivalent of $6,000 in today’s money.

When the 2nd owner purchased the car in the late 80’s, it had about 100k-miles on the clock. He brought the car back down to Southern California and began his nearly 2-decade ownership affair. The first major work was performed in 1990 right at 100k-miles. He had the transmission completely rebuilt, overhauled the brake system, and rebuilt the pedal assembly. The total cost was over $4k at the time. This owner then continued the same regular service regimen, as had the original owner.

In 2000/134k-miles, the current owner (son-in-law) had just pulled up to the owner’s house in a pristine ’73 911 S. This inspired the 2nd owner to clean up this Conda green 911. So, the car went out to a local shop for a repaint (the original paint was looking a bit tired) and at the same time, he had the drivetrain pulled and engine rebuilt. He had always used the famed shop, Aurel & Don’s of North Hollywood. This shop has been a cornerstone of the air-cooled Porsche independent shop community. They have done work on many of the great collector’s cars including Jerry Seinfeld’s.

Highlights of the engine build included:

Mahle factory “S” pistons and cylinders
Replaced all bearings
Valve job
Chain tensioner update kit
Oil hoses and lines
All new gaskets
Replaced timing chains, sprockets, guides, and rocker arms
Stainless steel heat exchangers
Clutch kit/machine flywheel
Replace factory oil cooler

Further work done during this refurbishment included:

Repaint the whole car
New front seat covers and door cards
Replaced carpet
New dash
Replaced rubber seals as needed

Aurel & Don’s did most of the reassembly after paint. In total, over $32,000 was invested. In today’s dollars, this would be equivalent to nearly $50,000.

The son-in-law/current owner purchased the car in 2006 with 153k-miles. He is a longtime Early S Registry and R Gruppe member who is very active in the local early long hood 911 scene. He continued the same excellent care to the car and over the past decade/15k-miles performed the following significant services:

Install European H4 headlights
Replaced deco trim all the way around
Sourced factory deep 6×15 wheels/refurbished by Harvey Weidman
Refurbished the suspension by Steve Alarcon with Johnson’s Alignment
New front correct Koni strut inserts and rear Bilstein shocks
Replaced transmission mounts
Shifter bushings
Turbo tie rods
Wheel bearings
Installed front and rear swaybars
Installed period correct retractable front seatbelts (including rear panels)
Front suspension pan replaced and refurbished fuel tank by John Esposito
Elephant Racing front strut brace
Installed correct Haargarn carpet
380mm RS leather wrapped steering wheel
Reconditioned pedal cluster
Rebuilt throttle bodies by Aaron Burnham
Replaced transmission mounts
Rebuild clock/convert to quartz movement
Replaced all 4-door pockets

Furthermore, he just had the top end of the engine rebuilt by Richard Dick of Air Cooled including all engine components properly cad plated or powder coated including fresh engine bay decals from Canford Classics. During the top end rebuild, three pistons were replaced as well as the MFI pump rebuilt and tuned. In total, the current owner has invested over $35,000 making sure this 911 E was always a great turnkey/ready to use example.

This 2.2L E is in excellent condition and clearly shows the careful ownership throughout its life. It was obviously never neglected, always driven, and properly maintained. The paint looks great for an older paint job. It was a decent quality job for the time. There are a few areas on the driver door where the paint is checking, but it is nearly impossible to see unless you are in the right light and a few inches away from the paint. There are minimal blemishes and we’ve tried to point out anything significant in the pics. The glass looks fantastic, as does the brightwork. The deep sixes have no curb rash and are wrapped in correct size (185/70 – 15) OEM specification Pirelli tires. The tires have more than half-life remaining as they were installed a few years ago/less than 3k-miles. The brakes have more than 50% life remaining.

The interior is equally as nice with minimal signs of wear. The seats, carpet, door panels, and dash all look fresh. The headliner appears to be original and in great shape as well with no tears. The sun visors are also original with hardly any puffing and just some pinch marks on the passenger side from years of hanging a mirror or garage door opener. The original kneepad has the slightest of cracks (see pic). All the gauges operate properly including the clock. All the buttons, switches, knobs, lights, and heat all work, as they should.

California registration is paid through November of 2017.

This 911 E includes the original owner’s manual with cover, factory maintenance booklet, original dealer window sales sticker, most receipts organized from new, original spare wheel/tire, extra keys, Porsche COA, and tool kit.

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The ad provides us details of this 911E’s history and what we read gives testament to the condition and care shown to the car over its life. The ownership is documented and while life hasn’t been perfect for this 911 – it did suffer a minor accident a few decades back – it has been driven, enjoyed, and loved. It isn’t in “original, as-it-left-the-factory spec.” It has been repainted, the engine has been rebuilt and a good bit of the interior replaced. But it’s a rare 911 indeed that has seen frequent use throughout its 40+ years and not needed a refreshing of most of its components. Of significance to us now is that it looks in fine shape and is said to run and drive excellently. For the buyer hoping for a unique, well cared for, long-hood that still can be enjoyed this 911E makes for a nice opportunity.

Of course, much of the care and restorative work this 911 has seen brings with it a price. Add to that the very rare color and the price moves up even further. $135K is a lot for an E, near top market, and we could probably find a 911S for not too much more. The color wouldn’t be as rare nor the documentation as thorough, but that gives us some idea at least of where we’re sitting on price and what else might be out there. I would suspect we’d need higher levels of originality for this to sell here, but we’ll see. It’s a really nice looking E that should be ready to enjoy and I’ll definitely have my eye on it to see just where it might sell.

-Rob

1971 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic

I’ve been coming across a lot of interesting Sportomatics lately. None will top the one-year-only SWB Soft-window Sportomatic for its combination of cool features. And the beautiful ultra-low-mileage Signal Orange Sportomatic was possessive of an entirely different allure. Those two were, for good reason, very high priced as Sportomatics go. This one, a paint-to-sample Red Metallic 1971 Porsche 911E Targa, is priced more reasonably and even comes with a pretty interesting history having begun its life as an Italian police vehicle.

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Year: 1971
Model: 911E Targa
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($62,500 Buy It Now)

1971 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic

This vintage 1971 Porsche 911 “E” model has been in my family for 40+ years. Priced to sell. I’m looking for a good owner for the car. Please don’t make any significant bids without contacting me first. Rare opportunity to secure a clean and dry vehicle that is running and well maintained.

HERITAGE

This car was originally a police detective vehicle in Italy. Exported to the USA in 1975 where it was purchased by my late father.

This car is in excellent running condition. Starts with ease, idles steady, and sounds beautiful. The Sportomatic transmission shifts like a dream, no grinding, expertly rebuilt two years ago. The motor has excellent acceleration and power and is extremely a joy to drive. The brakes have strong initial bite, no fading, no pulling.

This car features the highly coveted original Recaro Sports seats and rear window wiper, both were considered options off the assembly line.

Original Fuch wheels restored by Harvey Weidman in 2006.

No issues of rust and/or corrosion throughout any area of the vehicle.

The rubber and seals are in excellent condition. Targa has a perfect seal, no rips or tears, does not leak.

This car has the original motor (never swapped) including the transmission and MFI. No mechanical modifications have ever been performed.

All numbers are matching. Verifiable.

The top motor is completely clean and dry and does not show any oil. None. Likewise, the bottom/underbelly is not leaky.

Clean dual-country Title (Panama and California). Both Titles are in my name. Both Titles are clear and clean

70,849 Original Miles

LOCATION

This car is currently in Panama City, Panama. Ships to Oxnard, California for about $1800. Ships to Miami for about $1000. Will ship world-wide. Buyer pays shipping.

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

VIN # 911210380

Motor # 6218111

Transmission #7210235

70,489 Original Miles

4-speed Sportomatic Transmission

European Gauges.

Clean and Clear California Title

Clean and Clear Panama Title

Straight/Dry Chassis with No Damage, Corrosion or Rust

MILEAGE

The speedometer shows 13,441 kilometers (or 8,351 miles). When comparing this figure against that which is shown on an original service record dated August 1992 (93,910 kilometers) the total estimated miles this car has been driven is 70,489 miles.

HISTORY

I was 10 years old when my Dad drove this car home from the Dealer. For my Dad, the Porsche he wanted had to be the E (Mechanical Fuel Injection) model, Targa and with the coveted Sportomatic transmission. Even in those early days, finding this car with these specifications proved to be challenging.

There were only 270 copies of the “E” models produced by Porsche in 1971. Thus, the total of number of productions with the Targa/Sportomatic combination was/is much less.

Needless to say, this car represents a major timepiece of my life which explains the great time and investment that I have personally made to restore and maintain this vehicle. It was my father’s “baby”. He had multiple cars and lived only a few miles from his work. And so, it is not possible that my Dad put many miles on this car. He drove this car very sparingly, mostly on weekend trips to the golf course. In fact, I learned to drive this car when I was just 14 years old after a round of golf with my dad.

My father passed away in 2000 when I was overseas with the US military. Due to this military commitment, I was not able to immediately take possession of the car at that moment. Instead, I made arrangements for the car to be stored in Pasadena, California, where the car remained non-operated for more than five years.

RESTORATION

I personally managed the restoration of this vehicle over a two year period from 2005 to 2007. All of the work performed on this car was performed by specialists in Southern California with 20+ years of experience. My focus principally involved the exterior and interior of the vehicle to include upholstery, rubber and seals, carpets, re-chroming, wheels and full body and paint with both rear and front windows, and Targa roll bar off.

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY

Yes.

SHIPPING

I will work with you to ship/deliver this vehicle to your desired final destination.

The current owner of this 911E is the son of what sounds like the original American owner of the car (though perhaps not original owner). Given what sounds like a complicated history that should be helpful in understanding exactly where everything stands. We do know it was restored a decade ago and in some areas it seems like time has been a little harsh. The paint looks decent, but there are a couple of obvious blemishes. Also, unless the pictures are deceiving me it doesn’t appear to be metallic paint as the CoA suggests it should be. I would be curious about that. It’s a nice color it just may not be the correct color. The interior shows a little better and it’s great to see the original sport seats in place and looking good! There are also some questions about the mileage. I don’t quite follow the logic applied in the ad, but hopefully available documentation can clear all of that up.

Admittedly, there are plenty of details to work out, but this 911 means a great deal to the current owner – a totally understandable situation given how long it has been in his family – and I’m sure he’d love to make sure its new owner has the best understanding and is best capable of taking care of it. Though that love could make him hesitant to sell for a price much lower than where he’s priced it here. Bidding is well below that asking price though overall I wouldn’t expect it to come in too far below. That’s somewhat contingent on the situation with the paint, but generally speaking a PTS 911E, even a Sportomatic, should garner some demand.

-Rob

1970 Porsche 911E Targa

This 911 was always bound to attract my attention. It’s a Targa covered in a vibrant shade of blue and it looks in very nice shape; points that immediately serve in its favor for me. It’s also a 911E, which I’ve always liked as a middle ground between the entry-level T and the very sought after 911S. Step inside and what looks like a fairly basic interior suddenly makes me pause. First, this is probably the ugliest steering wheel I’ve ever seen. No big deal really; throw a Prototipo on (or find a period-correct wheel if originality is your concern) and move along. Then I notice there’s no radio. The ad makes no mention of a radio delete. We aren’t presented with the CoA so that doesn’t help. Now I’m intrigued and want to know more. Is this just a matter of a restorer deciding to remove the radio or is there something more to this 911E?

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Year: 1970
Model: 911E Targa
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 36,646 mi
Price: $119,995 Buy It Now

This is the vintage exotic so many of us long for. A 1970 Porsche 911E Targa offers many of the delicate design touches of the first-generation 911, and then adds power to the package. So when it’s presented in an interesting and correct factory color, this is an open top dream car.

The 911’s shape is legendary, and that’s why there is so much appreciation for a car like this. The narrower bodies, tidy proportions, and elegant simplicity showcase the iconic shape in its purest form. Porsches have always been high-quality machines, and this one continues that tradition today with doors that open and close effortlessly and exacting panel gaps. We even suspect a small fortune was spent on re-spraying the factory-correct pastel blue paint. It has the kind of luster that begs for the sunshine, and that’s exactly what a Targa model is expected to do. Enthusiasts easily identify this rarer open top model by its stainless steel hoop at the B-pillar and wrap-around rear window. Chrome was still in fashion in 1970, even in Germany, so this 911 retains its slender bumper trim, polished headlight rings, bright windshield surround, and those great vents that signify this is an early 911 that wanted to stay connected to another icon, the 356. And speaking of icons, the Fuchs wheels are a true Porsche hallmark.

The great thing about the air-cooled 911 era is that the moment you climb inside, they all have a familiar feeling like a close-knit family. The driver-oriented layout is engineered to make sure everything is within easy reach. Porsche’s race-ready sensibilities means the tachometer is directly in front of the driver. The rest of the instruments surround this in their own clearly marked pods to give you a comprehensive view of what’s going on with the engine. You view all of this through an upgraded Lecarra sports steering wheel. The targa top fits snugly, and easily stores in the carpeted trunk when you want the wind-in-your-hair driving experience. And because this 911 will be open to the world, the seats, carpeting, door panels, and whole interior is looking dark and crisp to make sure everyone sees this icon at its best.

The 2.2-liter flat-six has that unmistakable tone even at idle, and so you love one that looks well maintained and fires up with ease like this one does. This car is all about getting in, turning the key, and instantly start having fun. The motor was built to be driven like a performance machine, and Porsche made sure you had the control of a five-speed manual so you were an integral part of getting every last ounce of performance out it. The 911’s spirited fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes are all part of a unique sporting package that truly helped it earn its motto of, “There is no substitute.”

This car is complete right down to its toolkit. It’s an example of open air European motoring at its finest. So now is the time to fulfill the promise you made to yourself. Call today!!!

I have no answers to my questions about the radio. I suspect it’s a simple case of a past owner deciding he didn’t want the radio, removing it and replacing it with a panel. A restorer (because I’m assuming this 911 has been restored, though that is not made clear) then kept that aspect as it was.

But perhaps there’s more. I don’t know. Honestly, I’m not familiar enough with the options available at the time this 911E was in production and whether a radio delete was an option. So I’m stumped. I’ll also admit that I may be making too much of this, but I’m fairly certain just about every 911 I’ve come across from the period has had a radio. Maybe that’s wrong, but as I said above I want to know more. This either will represent a learning moment for me or this 911E will turns out to be a little more special than I first suspected. Either way, it’s certainly unique. Any ideas?

(Oh, and since I didn’t mention it: the color is awesome and it’s really, really, pretty!)

-Rob

Signal Orange 1970 Porsche 911E Coupe Sportomatic with 12,881 miles

I am very intrigued by this 911. The whole of it: the color is one of my favorites. Why is the mileage so incredibly low? And what will it sell for given that it’s a Sportomatic? There’s just a lot going on here and a lot for us to attend to.

So what do we have? A Signal Orange 1970 Porsche 911E Coupe with the 4-speed Sportomatic transmission and a reported 12,881 original miles. We aren’t told whether the paint and interior are also completely original so that might be question 1. After which documentation of the mileage will be paramount. From there we can begin to think about value. But, first, just look at it. It’s so beautiful!

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1971 Porsche 911E Targa

Here we’re going to look at another imperfect long-hood 911 and compared with yesterday’s 911L the imperfections on this 911E are less noticeable, less urgently in need of repair, but in one case possibly more problematic. But this one is really pretty so I couldn’t let it pass by without further inspection. This is an Irish Green 1971 Porsche 911E Targa, located in California, with a wonderfully contrasted Black interior with Houndstooth seat inserts. The Irish Green over Black combination is said to be its original colors – though in neither case is it the original paint or seating material. We don’t have confirmation of that originality nor do we have confirmation of the originality of the Houndstooth inserts. So while it all comes together very well and looks fantastic inside and out, we’ll have to hope the right verification is available. About that problematic flaw: this 911E currently is fitted with a 901 5-speed transmission, the period-correct desirable choice of most 911 owners, but it’s not the original setup of the car as this was delivered as a Sportomatic.

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1969 Porsche 911E Soft-window Targa – 1 of 12

There are some colors that if you showed me the swatch for it I would never consider it on a car. Then when I actually see it on a car I’m blown away. This color, which I’m fairly sure is Lindgrün and they’ve called Golden Lime Green, fits that bill perfectly. This isn’t the first 911 I’ve seen in this color, but every one I’ve come across has blown me away even though the color itself I would never think I’d enjoy. It’s still probably not for everyone, but I really like it here. And there’s more to this 911E than just the color. It’s one of the rare Soft-window Targas built for the ’69 MY, making it one of the few to possess the longer wheelbase that Porsche introduced for the 911 in 1969. While Porsche had begun soft-window production in 1967 it quickly was replaced by the hard window with which we’re all very familiar. The design is pretty quirky and provides a number of variations of enjoying your open-top driving. By 1969 very few soft windows were being produced and it was now an option rather than a distinct model. This makes coming up with firm production numbers difficult. The seller states that this is 1 of 12 911E in this configuration, a number that appears in an article of Road & Track though I’m not exactly sure from where the number originally was sourced. I’ve seen other numbers quoted in auctions, but all are close to this so we can at least know it’s a rare machine.

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Motorsports Monday: 1971 Porsche 911E

Valuing a Porsche 911E isn’t really that hard, in the grand scheme. The middle child of the 911 lineup, a quick check of Hagerty’s valuation tool has the average value around $78,000 right now, with a high of $144,000 and a low of $52,500 for a “fair” example. While the 911 market has flattened or cooled slightly, they’re still quite valuable cars. Valuing historic race cars can be more difficult, but as vintage racing is currently in vogue right now, they’re many times more expensive than their road-going counterparts if they are properly sorted factory cars. Figures close to a million dollars aren’t unheard of for the right racer. But the most difficult to value are the non-original, modified racers run by privateers. Sometimes they have a very interesting history, such as this ’71 E does:

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1973 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic

I have a strange fascination with the Sportomatic and find myself drawn to them as I keep coming across them in interesting colors and options. Not that I don’t see the same with the much more standard manual-transmission equipped 911s of the day, but the Sportomatic almost strikes me as a rare option that I should give attention to and I find myself featuring them. I suppose what confounds me is that I’d likely never consider purchasing one unless I was in a position of having a thorough collection and wanted one for its engineering and place in Porsche’s history. The transmission itself seems like the answer to a question no one was asking at the time, yet was quite prescient in its desirability. It was just way before its time. They are rare. They are also interesting. But are they desirable? Well, they’re definitely less expensive than comparable manual 911s and that probably shouldn’t surprise us. The one we see here, a Gold Metallic 1973 Porsche 911E Targa located in Atlanta, makes for an interesting case as it presents with quite a few cosmetic flaws, but comes in a unique period-correct color and has that aforementioned marvel the Sportomatic.

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