1969 Porsche 911 E Coupe by Karmann
$70,000 - $90,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - THE PORSCHE 70TH ANNIVERSARY AUCTION 2018 - Offered on: Saturday, October 27, 2018
- An exceptionally original 911 E
- Domiciled in a Virginia barn since 1986
- An unusual Karmann-bodied coupe
- Finished in its original Polo Red over black leatherette
- Porsche Production Specification certificate and copy of factory Kardex
The 911 ‘B’ series generation – to which the 911 E belongs – was introduced in 1969, sporting a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, the 911 L. The upgraded luxury sports car bore the same quintessential design by Ferdinand Porsche, and was produced by Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany, until 1973. The last of the series to feature the 2.0-liter rear-mounted, air-cooled, flat-six engine, the 911 E delivered 140 hp and featured upgraded fuel injection or ‘Einspritzung,’ hence the ‘E’ designation.
On 4 April 1968, chassis no. 119220093 was completed in Polo Red with black leatherette interior, one of 1,014 Karmann bodied coupes listed under 1969 production and special ordered with optional features, including tinted glass, antenna, and Dunlop tires. While the early history of this red 911 E is unknown, it was driven into a barn on a farm in Evington, Virginia, around 1986 and left untouched for the next 32 years. Recently, the Porsche was discovered by the consignor, who was astounded to realize that the car remained in exquisitely preserved and seemingly original condition.
Upon close inspection, this 911 appears to sport its original paint, which when tested reads between 2 mls and 6 mls throughout, and while polished thin in places, it exhibits a charming patina. The original floors are solid and the factory-applied undercoat intact, along with the Sigla windshield and Sekurit glass windows. The interior, with its original Blaupunkt radio, is all present and is in good condition. Amazingly, the original Fuchs wheels are date coded September 1968 and even the spare, also dated 9/68, still bears its original Dunlop tire.
The copy of the factory Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity for this 1969 Porsche 911 E confirm that numbers on the engine, transmission, and chassis are all matching and it would appear that the 81,164 miles indicated on the odometer are likewise original. A little detective work suggests that the car ran in an Autocross event in 1973 in Riverside and was last registered in Virginia in 1985.
First and foremost, this fabulous red Porsche – though not currently running – is in superb condition for its age and the perfect preservation class candidate. Frozen in time for over 30 years, it presents a unique opportunity to own a remarkable chapter in the Porsche biography.