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1973 Porsche 911E Coupe

Largely Original, Matching Numbers Example in Great Colors. Continuous Records 1974-2014.

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VIN 9113201172
Exterior Color Viper (Kelly) Green
Interior Color Black
Mileage 181601 Miles
Engine 2.4 Liter Flat 6-Cyl no. 6231847
Transmission 5-Speed
Status Sold
Stock FJ1672

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1973 Porsche 911E Coupe
s/n 9113201172, engine no. 6231847
Viper Green with Black Interior

Early 911s embody a combination that is rare among collector cars today. They have unparalleled drivability and usability, especially when compared with other cars of the same vintage, but are also wholly evocative of a different era. There is a certain wholeness, cohesiveness, agility, and communicativeness that is only evident when they are driven, and it is no surprise that they have a fanatical following. For many years, however, they were just used cars, which makes finding genuinely solid examples which have been continuously cared throughout the car’s life difficult today. All early 911s have appreciated tremendously in recent years and the late cars (1972 and 1973), which are fitted with 2.4 liter engines, are the ultimate development of the ‘long hood’ 911. The 911E was the middle model of the 911 line, featuring mechanical fuel injection for more power and drivability than the 911T, but a less peaky motor than the 911S. Just 1366 911E coupes were built for 1973, which is approximately the same number of 1973 911 Carrera RS Tourings that were built.

This particular car has fantastic history and has always been in Northern California. It retains most of its original paint, and is a matching-numbers car that is structurally excellent, extremely complete, and superbly documented. Produced in May of 1973, this car was sold new in June of 1973 to a gentleman residing in Belmont, California, which is just south of San Francisco. Finished in viper green with black interior, the car’s original options included S package, air conditioning (no longer installed), and front and rear sway bars. In 1975, it was purchased by a long term owner in Soquel, California, who was a pilot with TWA. He kept the car until 2001. It was briefly owned by another owner, and then in August of 2002, was purchased by its current owner. The car has its original books set including maintenance booklet, as well as service records back to 1974. The engine was rebuilt in its entirety in 1982, 55,000 miles ago. The car has been continuously maintained, including new Koni shock absorbers 6000 miles ago, new rear brake calipers 4000 miles ago, fuel injection setup, shift coupler bushings, oil return lines, and SSI heat exchangers 2000 miles ago. In July 2014, the car received new batteries, new ball joints, turbo tie rod ends, rebuilt gauges (by Palo Alto Speedometer), new brake hoses, new master cylinder, new rotors and pads all around, and miscellaneous other work.

Cosmetically, the car has plenty of patina on an excellent body. The left side of the car (fenders and door) was repainted in the past and is showing checking, chips, and other imperfections, while the remainder of the paint, which is original, is in impressively nice condition considering its age. It is glossy and attractive throughout, although there are some dings, small dents, and chips. The panels fit and operate very well, and there is a fantastic honesty to this car that is difficult to find. The undercarriage is in exceptional original condition with outstanding floor pans, rockers, rear seat pans. The front suspension pan pickup points are excellent but the seams where the air conditioning components mounted are showing some corrosion, which is the only corrosion noted on the entire car. The exterior bright rim is in very nice condition, and the original glass is very good to excellent, other than the front windscreen, which shows some chipping and road wear. The car is equipped with European rear lenses and desirable and rare H1 headlamps. The rubber seals are showing some age in places.

The interior is largely original and shows age in some places. The seat upholstery is generally excellent and original, although the driver’s bolster has a tear in it and there is a split seam in the bottom. The gauges were just redone and are excellent while there are some cracks in the dashboard. The carpets are original and are showing wear in the driver’s area but are otherwise very nice. The headliner is original and in excellent shape. The interior correct and undisturbed throughout aside from the fitment of a more modern radio.

The engine compartment is correct in appearance and is in nice driver condition, being clean and nicely detailed, with signs of recent maintenance, but not freshly restored. The trunk is in similar condition with correct felt carpeting, and excellent structural elements. The original tool roll with tools is present.

The car is an absolute joy to drive and is everything that an early 911 should be. The engine is well-tuned with no irregularities to the operation of the MFI. It sounds great and pulls well. The car has an excellent 915 transmission with none of the recalcitrance or notchiness that can plague these gearboxes. Instead, it is wonderfully easy to use. The clutch grabs positively and the brakes are great, with linear operation, good bite, and easy modulation. The chassis and suspension are coherent and communicative, with a pleasant confidence-inspiring feel that is how all 911s should feel, but that many never quite seem to manage. The entire driving experience has a comfortable ease to it, a worn-in but not worn-out feeling that makes the car captivating and very fun; in short it is the quintessential classic 911 driving experience.

This is an exceptional opportunity to acquire a matching numbers 911E in great colors that has been in California from new. Structurally exemplary, extremely complete, very well-documented, and a pleasure to drive, this car is a truly special find. It makes a pleasantly patinaed driver as is, or could be sympathetically freshened to enhance its visual appeal without losing its fantastically undisturbed character. It comes with records back to 1974, books pouch with owner’s manual, maintenance supplement, and full set of Blaupunkt radio documentation, and original tool roll with tools.

 


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