1971 Porsche 911 E Targa
$125,000 - $150,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - THE PORSCHE 70TH ANNIVERSARY AUCTION 2018 - Offered on: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Matching-numbers drivetrain
- Equipped with its original 2.2-liter engine
- Lovely Ivory over houndstooth combination
The early 1970s are viewed by many as offering the best and most exciting Porsche 911s that the company had produced to date. Porsche had lengthened the 911’s wheelbase by 57 mm to 2,268 mm, resulting in improved handling and more interior space. It also enlarged the rather peaky original 2.0-liter, single overhead-cam engine to 2.2 liters by increasing the cylinder bore to 84 mm, which was the first in a series of regular 200-cc displacement increases. There were also larger intake and exhaust valves, and a larger 225-mm clutch package was also added to handle the increased horsepower and torque.
For the 1971 model year, three-speed windscreen wipers were added, and the fuel pump was relocated to the front of the car. Fuchs aluminum alloy wheels were standard equipment on the fuel-injected 911 E. The Targa model, initially introduced with a soft, zip-out plastic rear window, was upgraded with an optional large, curved window and an electrically heated back light from the 1968 model; this became standard the following year. The 911 E in this form was capable of almost 225 km/h, and it offered excellent handling to match its impressive over-the-road speed.
This 911 E Targa, chassis no. 9111210884, is reported as being sold to the U.S. on 24 June 1971. Previous documentation records that the car received a bare-metal repaint to the original color of Ivory, using correct Glasurit paint. With a classic black interior in excellent condition, complete with houndstooth fabric on the dashboard, this 911 E Targa is well presented throughout.