1971 Porsche 911E Targa
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The 911 E was designed to be the most comfortable of the 911 models; many were lavishly appointed with a variety of factory options. Conceived to fit in between the 911 T and the 911 S, the E designation stood for Einspritzung, German for “injection,” noting the mechanical fuel injection.
The early 1970s Porsche 911s are considered by many as the most exciting that had been produced to date. The company 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 fixed, 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. The Targa was originally ordered with a host of optional equipment, including front automatic safety belts, retractable antenna, all-round tinted glass, and originally fitted with Uniroyal tires. Previous documentation records that the car received a bare-metal repaint to the original color of Light Ivory, using correct Glasurit paint. With a classic black interior in excellent condition, this 911 E Targa is well presented throughout.
Please note that contrary to the printed catalogue, this car is fitted with an all-black interior.
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