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

1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa Sportomatic

This might be the quirkiest 911 I could feature. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but rather in the way it utilizes a number of early and short-lived technologies and combines them all in one package. Here we have a Tangerine 1968 Porsche 911 Soft-window Targa, located in California, with 59,589 miles on it. Rather than the standard 5-speed manual transmission it is equipped with Porsche’s 4-speed Sportomatic transmission, the first year the marque would offer their attempt at producing something like the clutchless manually-shiftable automatic transmissions so prevalent today. In that regard, while the Sportomatic eventually disappeared, and rarely was favored while it existed, it did serve as a prelude to what was to come. The Soft-window Targa is a different story: around for only a few years and quickly replaced with the hard window version with which we are all familiar. The ability to open the rear window while keeping the top in place provided extra versatility, but it became clear pretty quickly that most owners weren’t much interested in that versatility.

I have never come across a 911 that combined these two interesting pieces of Porsche engineering and I don’t suspect we will find many of them that do.

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Year: 1968
Model: 911 Targa
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 59,589 mi
Price: $129,000 Buy It Now

Up for sale, 1968 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa sportomatic with matching numbers in its most desirable color tangerine.
The car has been restored and the restoration is documented.
New paint job, engine rebuilt, interior has been partially restored trying to keep the most original and unrestored parts like the 2 front seats.
Staright body, perfect new floor pans, The original 5-1/2” x 15” Fuchs have been polished and painted.
Rare 911 Soft window targa sportomatic, really low production and highly collectible.
Don’t miss the oportunity to own a piece of the Porsche History.

Comes with original books, service records, tool kit, jack and spare tires.

more information upon request.

Adding to the intrigue here, 1968 was the final year before Porsche extended the wheelbase of the 911 to provide it with better balance and cope with its rear-weight distribution. Naturally, that means ’68 was the only year a Sportomatic could be had on a short-wheelbase 911. And to further elevate our interest all of these quirks are covered in a wonderful Tangerine paint. The Targa robs us of a little of the Tangerine joy since the top is black, but this 911 looks great none the less.

So this is a very unique 911. It’s been partially restored (the interior is said to be mostly original) and looks in good shape, but we aren’t provided with anything in the way of documentation to verify the claims of originality nor any information on its history and provenance. Those will be key factors in determining whether this asking price is reachable. It’s priced at the very top of the market and beyond where we’ve typically seen any Sportomatic sell. I do wonder if all of these unique attributes will help elevate the car in the eyes of some collectors though. For someone interested in having a piece of Porsche engineering history this 911 makes for a nice option and certainly is one you could spend a lot of time looking over and talking about.

-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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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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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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1976 Porsche 911 2.7 Sportomatic

While automatic manual transmissions have become extremely popular on modern cars, and especially in racing, their appeal was far more limited in early applications. Porsche, as they are wont to do, was an early pioneer in the development of such systems, debuting their Sportomatic transmission in 1968. Dubbed by Car and Driver as a “nifty answer to a question seemingly no one was asking,” the Sportomatic did away with the clutch pedal in favor of a torque converter, though it still required the driver to do the shifting. As an early prelude to today’s PDK, the Sportomatic seems more like an interesting engineering exercise more than anything else, but nonetheless 911s do still exist showcasing this quirky transmission. We don’t feature very many of these – in part because there aren’t many that come up for sale given their relative lack of popularity – but from time to time and interesting example comes up. While the Sportomatic was available up until 1980 we almost never come across one attached to the impact bumper 911s, which makes this one all the more interesting. Here we have a 1976 Porsche 911 Coupe with only 11,787 miles on it and that 4-speed Sportomatic transmission. The seller doesn’t tell us this 911’s original color, but during restoration it was repainted in Geyser Grey Metallic.

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1973 Porsche 911E – Sportomatic

Here we have another 911E, though this time with Porsche’s way-before-its-time Sportomatic transmission. We feature very few examples of the Sportomatic so I wanted to feature this, in part, to get a sense of the relative market contrasts between these and a manual-transmission 911. But also because it’s nice to show some of Porsche’s more innovative designs, even when, in the case of the Sportomatic, those designs were addressing concerns that didn’t appear to exist at the time. As essentially the precursor to their Tiptronic, the Sportomatic was a clutchless manual that allowed drivers to do the shifting but without having to concern themselves with learning how to operate a clutch. While Porsche referred to these as an automatic, there really wasn’t a fully automatic setting as gears still needed to be shifted, but the lack of a clutch allowed Porsche potentially to spread its base market to those who were unable to operate a full manual. So these are a little bit unusual and not very common, even though the Sportomatic was an available option until 1980. The example here is a Gemini Blue 1973 Porsche 911E, located in California, with 115,931 miles on it.

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