1969 Porsche 911E Targa
Year of manufacture1969
$110,000 - $140,000
The 911 E was designed to be the most comfortable of the 911 models and many were lavishly appointed with a variety of factory options. Conceived to fit between the 911 T and the 911 S, the E designation stood for Einspritzung, German for “injection,” noting the mechanical fuel injection. The Targa appeared in 1966 with a built-in roll-over hoop for fear that convertibles might be banned for safety reasons. The earliest design utilized a removable clear plastic window that could be taken down to create a near-full convertible when the center roof panel was also removed. Porsche soon substituted a large fixed wrap-around glass backlight to improve weather sealing.
This North American specification 911 E Targa was ordered new by Inter-Continental Motors Corporation of San Antonio, Texas in white with red leather and arrived in December 1969. Just two options were selected, tinted glass and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt stereo system, although there was an error and it showed up with a Becker Mexico cassette radio instead. In January 1970, the Targa was finally shipped from San Antonio to its owners, a prominent family in Mexico City. The Targa remained south of the border for the next 35 years where it was only occasionally driven but always well cared for.
In 2005, the family relocated the car to Southern California. At this time, they decided to freshen the car with new front seats in correct leather specification to make it ready for the La Jolla Concours. Today, the car looks great with cosmetics fixed as needed over the years, but never fully restored. It is currently registered in California although its Mexican registration stickers remain affixed to the rear window. Included are owner’s manuals and documentation from over the years, as well as the original purchase order. As it has been part of a large collection its whole life, the total mileage today is still under 16,000. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a 911 that has only been in one family for the last five decades.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0120.