With the debut of the 911 in 1964, Porsche pushed the air-cooled performance envelope even further with its first six-cylinder offering. Output increased by nearly 100 horsepower over the previous 356 model, improving the power-to-weight ratio, while driving dynamics were also enhanced.
A major update to the first-generation Porsche 911 came in 1969. While the exterior remained largely the same, many internal improvements were made, including extending the wheelbase 2.5-inches for better balance and handling, while 11-inch ventilated disc brakes with aluminum calipers were added to all four corners.
A new variant would also join the lineup. Offered between the high-performance 911S and the carbureted 911T, the E replaced the previous 911L as a more luxurious performance offering. The “E” stood for “einspritzung,” German for injection, and saw the Weber carburetors replaced by a Bosch mechanical fuel-injection system similar to that of the beastly 911S. The new fuel-injection system helped the 911E deliver bountiful low-end torque in addition to a reported 158 horsepower.
One of these well-equipped 911Es is offered here. Purchased new from Ted McWilliams Porsche Audi in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in July 1970 by a college student home for the summer, the car would be driven back to Arizona that fall and remain in the dry desert for the rest of its life.
Like all 911Es, the car was well-appointed with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-leveling hydro-pneumatic front suspension, high-capacity ignition, and 14-inch Fuchs alloy wheels. Factory fitted options included an 18-millimeter rear sway bar, Blaupunkt Frankfurt US-band radio, and ultra-rare air conditioning. For increased reliability, the self-leveling suspension was updated to modern shocks while the air-conditioning compressor was likewise updated to a modern unit. The original compressor is included in the sale.
The car is unquestionably one of the most well documented Porsche 911s in existence. Accompanying this Targa are reams of service documents dating back to the summer of 1970.
These include everything from factory recommended break-in service records to the original dealer order sheet. The original owner’s manual, service booklet, and tool kit are included as well.Benefitting from single-ownership with volumes of documentation chronicling its life and well-appointed with the rarely seen factory air-conditioning system, this 911E Targa provides an exceptional opportunity for the driving enthusiast and discerning collector to own a prime example of Porsche’s highly desirable, post-update, first-generation 911.