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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.
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!
A few weeks ago I checked out a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 that needed some work — a lot of work. Almost every surface of that poor M100-powered W109 needed some kind of attention. The paint was a baked mess, the interior was growing mold at an alarming rate and the mentioned M100 engine was a total unknown if it could actually run or not. Despite all of this, the seller was asking a hefty $14,500 for the privilege of dealing with that literal mess. Today’s car is another 1969 6.3 — although this one is the total opposite of that charity case. But as you might have guessed, this one isn’t going to cost you $14,500. Not even close.
Earlier this week I check out a handsome 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 that looked to be a great driver and probably not a bad buy for the long run. Today, we have another W109 that has a little bit more risk attached to it. This of course is the king W109, the 300SEL 6.3. I’ve covered these many times before and every time I see one pop up for sale I always try to take a look at them. Unfortunately, this 6.3 needs a lot of help and even more money to make it worth it.
A few months ago I checked a Mercedes-Benz 600 literally fit for a king. Today we have another 600 Pullman which doesn’t look to be outfitted…