We hunted this car down in Berlin where is was regularly driven by an avid car collector who strongly believes that classic cars are not meant to be admired from afar but need to be driven.
Purchased from the United States from another Porsche afficionado, the car as a solid, mechanically sound machine and has since given the car a complete makeover in concert with his resource of outstanding individuals with great abilities to transform this era of Porsche into reliable performers with near concours winning condition. He purchased the 911L as a very solid “daily driver” with every intention for extended personal use, but the temptation was too strong, so he invested additional money to make it the great car that it now is. The Porsche is accompanied by a notebook that has numerous receipts that tell the story of the extensive work performed and servicing. This work was executed by well-respected names for Porsches in Southern California. During 2014 and early 2015 Coachcraft serviced and refreshed the entire car, without concern for expense. Coachcraft has been in business since the 1940s and the Stoessel family has an excellent reputation among Porsche collectors in the Southern California area.
Later in Germany the current owner did even more work on the car. Among the work performed is attention to the fuel pump, battery, Weber carburetor rebuild, fuel lines, brakes cleaned, window and door seals (including removal and reinstallation of the sunroof), all gaskets replaced, engine/transmission mounts, valve covers, intake manifold gasket, muffler and heat exchanger gasket, both timing chain covers gasket, plus a full servicing of the engine and more. It was completely cosmetically refreshed and any incorrect or unnecessary undercoating was removed. All parts and shrouds were examined and refinished to factory specifications, including metal components that needed new cadmium plating. All decals were also corrected, in addition to new bumper guards, deco end caps and plugs and new velvet sunroof surround was added. The interior and exterior were both cosmetically detailed and refreshed. The car is reported to present “like-new” with a new toolkit recently purchased to go along with this strong package.
This was all done to keep the car in peak driving condition. Upgrades such as a short shifter make the car a dream to drive. The difference with the late 911 models is noticeable trough the input the car gives you. It seems to talk to you and wants you to drive more and harder. These early 911 SWB models are revered for their handling and can make a normal drive into a trilling sensation.
It must be noted that this is one of the first ‘L’ types; the Lux was a one-year-only model that was available in model year 1968 and shared a strong resemblance to the ‘S’ model. The 2.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine comes with 20 horsepower more than the standard base ‘T’ model which produced only 110-hp versus the 130-hp of the ‘L.’ The 911L also has ‘S’ brakes, suspension and trim. It is described by the Porsche enthusiast owner as basically an ‘S,’ but with a slightly lower horsepower engine. The five-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly and the engine revs freely and sounds great.
At The Automobile Store we love cars that are rare beautiful and can be used so this one is right up our alley. Give us a call and we will try to convey our enthusiasm to you.