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Slate Grey, the preferred color of the famous Steve McQueen. This isn’t one of McQueen’s cars, but those who restored it seem to have had McQueen in mind when choosing how to proceed with their work. This is a 1973 Porsche 911E Targa painted in that wonderful Slate Grey, located in New York, with Tan interior showing a nice set of sport seats and a reported 54,100 miles on it. It has been fully restored and as it sits now looks quite good!
As the seller has noted, the 911E was positioned in between the entry-level 911T and the sportier 911S. It utilized a similar mechanically fuel-injected engine as the 911S, though with fewer horses (160 hp). Hydro-pneumatic struts replaced the torsion bars up front providing a smoother ride than the standard suspension available on the T. The E thus served as the luxury version relative to the more sporty 911S. Values, of course, tend to follow suit with the E slotting in between the other two models. However, the gap from the E to the S is far more significant than between the T and E.
Here we have a Signal Green 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe located in Tennessee. Like Viper Green, Signal Green is one of the historic Porsche colors that we see pop up fairly regularly as a paint-to-sample option on modern Porsches. There actually are a couple different versions of it that have been produced over the years and for those choosing Signal Green for their PTS 911 it is worthwhile knowing their differences. However, those differences won’t really be of concern to us here since this is the original version and while we do see Signal Green as a PTS option often we do not see the early cars in the color nearly as frequently. So this is a rare treat and from the outside you can really see what all the fuss is about!
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!
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…