Gulf Blue 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

We come across a wide range of descriptions when looking at ads for cars. Some are so short and vague as to be meaningless. Many follow a stereotypical salesman approach making bold hyperbolic claims about every positive aspect of the car while brushing aside the negatives. And others can be so wordy that the useful details get lost among a sea of model history (i.e. not the car’s history) narrative and general information that might apply to almost every example. There is another type; a better type. This ad is of that sort. It isn’t long, but the details are there. It answers many of the obvious questions and describes the car faithfully. That the seller works the pictures into the narrative actually helps as you can see what is being described. To a certain degree (and this probably is why I like the ad) it provides a lot of the information I would provide when featuring the car here. So read it!

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Year: 1970
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,550 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

For those of us who have to work for a living, affording the acquisition of a longhood 911 “F-Modell” has become quite a stretch. Especially the 2.2 and 2.4-liter cars of the 1970 to 1973 vintage seem to fit either one of two categories: they are either way too expensive, or rusted hulks in need of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Every once in a blue moon do we find a car that is still sensibly priced. It may not be a show winner, but it will have good bones and usually can be enjoyed for years to come just the way it is, thus allowing small improvements at one’s own pace, as time and funds allow.

This 1970 Porsche 911T 2.2 Coupe, VIN*9110101642*, is such a rare bird. It features all original floors without any obvious traces of corrosion, a B-grade paint job in Gulf Blue, a splendid, original-looking interior, and an original 2.2-liter, air-cooled boxer engine that makes all the right sounds when in full song.

Included in the sale is a binder containing invoices detailing the work performed during the past 7 years.

There are more than 80 documents in individual, clear plastic sheet protectors, neatly organized.

A new trunk mat is on order and will be included with this car. Yet, stripped naked, we find nothing but healthy factory sheet metal here, including the “nose” and suspension pan. Correct Interstate Type 911 battery is brand new. Spare wheel is MIA.

Undercarriage is au naturel and looks to be free of corrosion. Yes, this car is really 47 years old!

Originally a silvermetallic car (factory code #8080), this Porsche was repainted in its current Gulf Blue livery in 2011, at a cost of $4,000. The work order states “daily driver — not show quality.” After completion, windshield and rear window were reinstalled using new weatherstripping. Front bumper guards were omitted for a cleaner, European look. Note factory “S” trim.

Dash looks all stock, with the exception of a new dash top. Leather steering wheel cover shows some loose stitching. A new, correct headliner was installed in 2012 and a new carpet set in 2013.

Stock steering wheel and radio. All of the gauges work as they should.

Front seats look original and are in beautifully preserved condition. They are not as crisp anymore as freshly upholstered seats, having a nicely “lived in” feeling instead.

Flawless rear occasional seats can be folded forward individually.

Other mechanical work noted . . . new brake master cylinder, all new brake calipers and brake pads, front bearings and races in 2010. New shocks in 2011. New tires, intake gaskets, fuel line in 2012. New distributor, fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, and coil in 2013. New clutch in 2015. New spark plugs, ignition, and plug wires in 2016.

Motorvation comes from a correct 2.195cc engine, fed by a 2 sets of triple-throat Zenith 40 carburetors. Current compression readings are between 150 and 160lbs on all 6 cylinders, indicating a healthy motor.

Engine number *6109005* is consistent with the manufacturing date of the chassis, thus it’s fair to assume that it is indeed the original engine the car was born with.

The motor runs great, with no ill behavior to report. Starting dead cold, the idle initially fluctuates a bit but once warmed up, it seems to be very happy. Helmut, our mechanic, says the car just needs a tankful of fresh high-test gas and to be driven – as fast as possible – for a few hours and it’ll smooth out even more.

So there is is, a great looking 2.2-liter longhood Nine-Eleven, ready for a new home. Opportunity knocks; are you ready to answer?

You are most welcome and encouraged to view this fine automobile in Ventura, by appointment, during the auction, or have someone inspect it for you. Please, perform your due diligence before you bid.

Please, note that this car is currently advertised on our Web site and on display in our Showroom. We reserve the right to accept a satisfactory offer and close this auction at any time.

Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.

Ok, so we have a nice looking Gulf Blue 1970 Porsche 911T Coupe and as the ad notes part of the appeal here would be to get a good, not great, early 911 without having to spend a lot. The beautiful exterior isn’t its original color, but I think we’ll find almost unanimous agreement that Gulf Blue is better than Silver Metallic. A few of the rest of the details may need further questioning. The seller guesses the engine is original since it’s from the right period, but it does remain an educated guess. That would be nice to nail down. Similarly, its recent history looks to be available, but what about early history? I don’t think these are necessarily major problems, but they are the sort of thing that dictate how much someone might be willing to spend.

Bidding, as hoped, is pretty reasonable at $40,050, but the reserve is unmet. While I could be wrong I would think we should expect this to come in around $60K, probably a little below. We’ll see if that’s how things play out.

-Rob

1973 Porsche 911T Targa

Yesterday’s featured 911 was dubbed, by me and the seller, as a very honest 911. In its presentation and overall appearance it conveyed a sense of hiding very little and being shown for exactly what it is. This 911 isn’t really that sort of car. That isn’t to suggest that it’s dishonest, but it is different. For starters it’s much better photographed with some touching up that helps the car stand out more so than we saw with Albert. It also has been fully restored so everything looks pretty much blemish free and with little wear. Where I think all of that leads is this: were I a prospective buyer I would feel a stronger inclination to see this 911 in person, to actually get my hands on it, prior to making any kind of bid than I would with yesterday’s 911. Both present very well, but for entirely different reasons and that leads to some of our differences in evaluation. Getting all of that out of the way, let’s take a look: here we have a Light Yellow 1973 Porsche 911T Targa, located in Oregon, with a contrasting Brown/Charcoal interior and 89,884 miles on it. Per the CoA, the exterior and interior colors are as this 911 left the factory, though not entirely. More on that below.

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1970 Porsche 911T Coupe

I like cars that have names. There tends to be a history attached to them that makes the entire package more interesting. This 1970 Porsche 911T is named Albert because the exterior is painted Albert Blue. Ok, so it isn’t a very original name, but it works. What is original is almost everything else on this 911. The paint from which Albert got its name is not original, though it is said to be the correct color per the CoA. The radio is an updated unit of the original and the seller thinks the dash pad has been replaced, but that can’t be confirmed. The engine and transmission have both been rebuilt, but are matching to the car. So we’re not looking at a 100% as-it-left-the-factory 911, but among early examples in unrestored condition this is one of the better and most original I can recall seeing. The seller describes it as one of the “most honest” he’s seen and that seems a fitting description. This is no garage queen or expertly restored 911 where every nut and crevice gleams. But it presents really well and has had a nice life. Cheers Albert!

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1971 Porsche 911T Targa – Soft-window Conversion

I’ve featured a 911 Soft-window Targa plenty of times before, but this is the first example I can recall seeing where someone converted an original hard window to a soft window. I’m not sure whether this was a popular idea at the time – I’ve definitely heard of owners doing the reverse (converting a soft window to a hard window) – but regardless we have one here. The Soft-window Targa only was produced for a couple of years in the late ’60s. These were an homage to Porsche’s participation in the Targa Florio and perhaps the original owner of this Targa hoped to recreate some of that open-roofed essence with this conversion. It certainly provides a unique appearance, especially with the addition of the Cibie rally lights, and stands out well with its Pastel Blue paint. While not original, this 1971 Porsche 911T Targa should still be quite desirable.

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Tangerine 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe

With my focus so squarely on the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera of late I feel like I’ve missed a couple of nice long-hood 911s. The one we see here, a Tangerine 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe located in Houston, is one such example wearing one of my all-time favorite Porsche colors. We don’t have much in the way of history to help us understand the life it has lead. We do see some receipts from the last decade, which appears to include its restoration work, so we should have some good knowledge of its current state. In its restored state it does look quite good. The asking price is too high (and that certainly goes against my recent focus on value among 911s), but sometimes the allure of the car draws me in enough to set aside price for now.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe – REVISIT

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I don’t normally revisit a car this quickly, but since I’ve pretty much decided I love this 911 I’m going to break with protocol. The Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe is still for sale and the seller has now made his ask clear rather than wait out a reserve auction. Given that bidding in the previous auction only reached $58,783, asking $100K is a substantial leap. Perhaps the seller simply needs the right buyer to come along. It’s certainly a lot for a 911T, but showcasing one of the best colors from its era certainly helps it.

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

I was going to open this post with an argument in favor of the color purple. Not the book or movie, but the color as a choice on a car. But I think it’s easier just to allow this 911 to do the work for me. Because I think it’s a wonderful color. Of the various rare colors for an early 911 Aubergine (or eggplant) is an underrated favorite. It isn’t as bright and vibrant as many other choices, but still stands out, especially in the sun when that color comes through all the more. We almost never see purple cars of any sort, but the great thing about Aubergine is that it doesn’t hide the color the way some very dark metallic purples do – colors that look black in almost every lighting – but it’s also not the sort of purple that the Joker might paint his cars. It walks a line between those two extremes and manages to look sophisticated and aggressive at the same time. I love it. Here we have it on what was an entry-level 911 in its day: an Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Belgium, with around 70K miles on it.

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1973 Porsche 911T – RSR build

I’ll just get this out of the way: properly speaking this 911 isn’t really a RSR build, meaning it hasn’t tried to replicate the mechanicals of those very special cars. What this build has done is take a 911T and completely alter its personality in a way that the RSR did during its time. The description provides a basic overview of the work, but the biggest item, and what I think differentiates this from a lot of the builds we see, is that this 911T now houses a 3.6 liter flat-six from the 964. This quickly distinguishes it from the 3.2 Carrera based builds that are much more common. The pictures aren’t the best for appreciating the metallic grey paint, but the appearance looks quite promising. That this car currently resides in Japan will make things difficult for a lot of buyers, but for those willing to put in the effort this 911 could be a pretty great.

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1970 Porsche 911T

I’ve seen this car around a few times and for whatever reason have passed it by. Perhaps I thought it was priced too high; perhaps other cars took precedence. Regardless, I think it deserves some attention and, at the very least, if I did indeed pass it by because of price, then that problem has been solved as it is now up for auction without reserve. The market will decide its fate. This Porsche began life as an entry-level 911T, but has since been transformed into a far more aggressive looking and driving build. The engine is now a built 3.4 liter flat-6. We don’t have much information about the engine other than those details. I’d guess it originally was an early 3.2 liter especially since it remains mated to a 915 5-speed transmission. It is now said to be making 275 hp. That’s a substantial upgrade in power and should transform the entire character of this 911. The aesthetics fit the general ethos of quite a few modified 911s, especially those which have been backdated. The interior is spartan, but purposeful, and the exterior features a widened rear along with wider, fatter, tires to help fill out those fenders. I’d imagine given the extra power, those wider tires will be much appreciated!

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1973 Porsche 911T Coupe Sportomatic

I have a couple reasons for wanting to feature this 911: 1) the exterior color is Gemini Blue Metallic, one of the better early blues that Porsche offered and definitely one of my favorites. 2) It’s a Sportomatic, the quirky clutch-less manual-automatic transmission Porsche experimented with in the early years of the 911. A Sportomatic is pretty rare to come across, though this is one of the times where rarity doesn’t always mean increased desirability. Still, for those with an interest in Porsche’s engineering history, either as part of a collection or simply for one’s own curiosity, this one comes from about as late in long-hood design as we can find and should make for a nice example. It is equipped with the MFI 2.4 liter flat-six that was standard in the 911E and 911S – though with less power – but only available in the first half of ’73 for the 911T. That it comes in such a wonderful color makes it just that much more appealing. So here we have a Gemini Blue Metallic 1973 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Oregon, with 109,802 miles on it and the 4-speed Sportomatic transmission.

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