1969 saw the first major changes in the 911 evolution. To improve driving comfort and handling dynamics, the popular 2.0 SWB models had their wheelbase lengthened by 57mm, and were fitted with slightly flared wings to accommodate larger wheels and tyres. Model designations changed too – ‘T’ ‘E’ and ‘S’ formed the new lineup.
The mechanically fuel-injected 911E (with the ‘E’ standing for ‘Einspritzung’, German for injection) was produced from 1969-1973, replacing the ‘L’ (luxury) model. It was developed more for comfort, so was positioned between the 911T (Touring) and 911S (Super).
The type 901/09 140 bhp 2.0 flat-6 engine is easily identifiable by a distinctive green shroud, and could get the 911E to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 134 mph. The 911E also had new ventilated brake discs, self-leveling hydro-pneumatic dampers, a leather steering wheel, and Fuchs alloys.
With a factory completion date of September 1968, this 911E is a very early example. Painted in Blue metallic (a special order colour for the 1969 model year), the Certificate of Authenticity confirms it was delivered new in Mannheim, Germany in October 1968. The extensive history file suggests it was then shipped out to the USA, where its first named owner was Mr. George J Leetma of Los Angeles, California.
We believe the car was imported into the UK in December 1996 via Nick Faure, a former ex-Porsche Works racing driver and well-respected used Porsche dealer.
Acquired in 2006 by a well-known and genuine aficionado of Porsche 356 and early 911s. Over £44,000 in restoration works was spent at marque specialists, including Unit Eleven, RS-911, and Southbound.
Invoices in the history file detail numerous items, including body restoration, a full bare metal respray, bright work refurbishment, and notably a full engine rebuild with a non-invasive upgrade to 2.2 litres by John Holland of Unit Eleven utilising genuine Mahle 2.2 pistons and barrels. Data in the history file from Porsche specialists Ninemeister indicates a peak power output of 192hp produced while testing on a rolling road.
The gearbox was also rebuilt by Unit Eleven and set up by Francis Tuthill, of Tuthill Porsche – well-known 911 rally preparation specialists.
The re-trimmed black leather interior with Recaro seats from a later 1970’s 911 is in fine order and offers a very driver-focused cabin environment. With the contrasting removable black Targa top roof section, striking Blue metallic paint and Fuchs alloy wheels, this Porsche 911E presents very well, with an enviable road presence – and it drives as good as it looks.
It is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
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