Conda Green 1971 Porsche 911T Karmann Coupe with 1,354 miles

A couple weeks back I featured a Conda Green 911E Coupe that was higher mileage but presented well and appeared to have a well documented history. Here we have another early 911 in that great Conda Green exterior, but the rest of it is in stark contrast to my previous feature. First, the mileage is incredibly low: a reported 1,354 miles. Second, other than the CoA we are provided no other documentation or information about this 911’s history. Finally, we see no pictures of the interior so that portion of the car remains a mystery. It looks really good, but from there we’ll need to start digging.

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Year: 1971
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 1,354 mi
Price: $94,999 Buy It Now

Beautiful, rare and classic 1971 Porsche 911T Karmann Coupe in mint condition.

Conda Green color

1354 miles

Car comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Picture is attached.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer. Anyone interested in seeing the car in person, please message me.

Obviously priority 1 here is to try and verify the mileage. If this is the true mileage and that can be verified, then we’re looking at a seriously rare early 911. The second question involves the engine. The ad makes no mention of this, but even though the seller has chosen not to show any pictures of the interior he has chosen to show us a picture of a sticker. That’s odd. Except that sticker is an engine labeled 2.5. Is the engine in this 911 a 2.5 liter, rather than the standard 2.2? And, if so, is it in fact the original engine that has been built to this 2.5 specification, or is this a non-original engine? Perhaps if it is rebuilt then that would explain the low mileage. This mileage figure could be the mileage since the build. We’ve certainly seen sellers list mileage in this way in the past.

These points, along with any other history and documentation we can discover, will have a serious impact on the selling price of this 911T. The asking price as listed is very high. If everything were exactly as stated, i.e. true and verifiable mileage and original condition throughout, then even that high price probably would be attainable given the added feature of the rare color. In fact, it could even sell higher than this. Right now we don’t know, but such an opportunity as this one surely requires further investigation.

-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

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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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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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

While I may not write about them very often I actually love a vintage Mercedes. Many of the designs possess those timeless characteristics that make so many vintage automobiles desirable and perhaps none more so than the Pagoda. The SL has long showcased the sort of sleek lines and elegant styling that make people want to put the top down and be seen. Andrew has featured a few of these of late, but I hope our readers can allow for another (and I promise I haven’t just featured this one because there’s a 911 GT3 RS in the background). The one we see here, a Black 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with Cognac interior, comes from the final year of their production and looks invitingly ready to be enjoyed.

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with M104 swap

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I’ve been featuring a lot of Pagodas of late so I planned on laying off them for awhile, but I ran across one that deserves an immediate look. Usually these things are winners in totally stock form and any kind of aftermarket modification detracts greatly from it’s appeal and not to mention its value. But what we have today is something I didn’t even think was possible. So let’s check out what’s so special about this Pagoda for sale at the authority for W113s outside of Boston.

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Motorsports Monday: 1971 Porsche 911 RSR Martini Racing Tribute – REVISIT

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On the verge of three years ago I took a look at a neat 911 Carrera RSR tribute. Rather than take the typical path of copying the IROC cars, the builder of this particular car chose the “Mary Stuart” Martini Racing example to clone. The car was named because the wrap around rear duck-tail spoiler reminded some of the high collars which were the vogue during Mary, Queen of Scots’ reign. With its unique tail offsetting those iconic colors, it is certainly an attention getter. However, the seller has now attempted to shift this car more or less continually since 2013 – first at an asking price of $165,000, then dropping in 2014 to $135,000, and now back up to $165,000 presumably to try to capitalize on the current 911 market. It is without a doubt a neat build and unique execution, so even though it’s unlikely to trade this time around again I thought it was worth another look:

The below post originally appeared on our site September 9, 2013:

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I think Martini Racing colors are just awesome. Some people insist everything looks better in “Gulf Blue”, but for me, it’s those Martini stripes that made some of the best looking race cars (and in a very few cases, even improved road cars). Case in point is today’s example; perhaps one of the strangest downforce attempts of the 1970s on a Porsche – the Mary Stuart tailed Martini Racing RSR. While a neat design in some ways, it certainly looks odd from other angles. Today’s 1971 911 is a recreation of the original, but you can’t deny that it looks fantastic in the proper Martini Racing colors of the 1973 RSR:

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The King’s car: Elvis’ 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL

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Elvis Presley loved his cars. Or maybe he just liked being seen in cars. Either way, he had his far share of flashy automobiles in his life. Cadillac, Lincoln, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz highlighted a list which included other not-so-glorious makes that just looked flashy. Often when we see ”Elvis cars” come up for sale, they aren’t actually his cars. Usually they were bought by him and given as gifts to family or friends. Today’s featured 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL isn’t that case.

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

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Often when we feature the classic W113 Mercedes Pagoda, it’s an example that has low-miles, flawless paint, an interior that is pristine and spends most of the time tucked away, rarely to see the light of day. With these cars now regularly fetching six figures, I don’t blame the owners for protecting their investments. Infrequently do we see a Pagoda you can feel okay about using on a regular basis to enjoy while still maintaining it’s beauty and stature. This 1971 280SL located in Atlanta can offer all that.