1971 Porsche 911
Year of manufacture1971
Highly original un-restored example
1971 Porsche 911T 2.2-Litre Coupé
Chassis no. 9111100842
Engine no. 6115885
"Quite understandably, journalists got excited about the revised 911s. For many reasons, the 2.2-litre cars would be among the best Porsches ever made. Performance was more than adequate, all the 'bugs' had been eradicated and genuine improvements had been made. Even the 'baby' 911T was capable of 128mph (206km/h), dashing from rest to 60mph in under 9 seconds" Lawrence Meredith, Porsche 911 Model by Model.
Porsche's perennially popular 911 sports car first appeared at the 1963 Frankfurt Show as the '901', but shortly after production proper commenced in 1964 had become the '911' following Peugeot's complaints about the use of '0' model numbers. The preceding Type 356's rear-engined layout was retained but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the chassis/body and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement.
In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat-six engine displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3.0 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower. The first of countless upgrades arrived in 1966, two years after production had commenced, with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp. In 1967 the 911T (Touring) was introduced as a new base model, initially with the 2.0-litre engine in 110bhp form before gaining the 2.2-litre unit along with the rest of the range in 1969, by which time the 911's wheelbase had been extended by 57mm to tame the sometimes wayward handling. Such was the 911's success that within a few years Porsche was selling cars faster than it could build them, a state of affairs that led to a substantial proportion being manufactured by coachbuilder Karmann at its Osnabrück factory.
Sold new in the USA, this outstandingly original and rust-free Porsche 911T has been driven only by its first owner in Colorado. (The damage to the front of the car was caused by an object dropped on it while garaged.) This 911T has the desirable five-speed manual gearbox and retains its matching-numbers engine, and was delivered with the following options: retractable antenna and speaker; Appearance Group; tinted glass all round; noise suppression; and light alloy wheels. Particularly worthy of note is the Gold Metallic colour scheme (a very rare one-year-only option), confirmed as original by the accompanying delivery paperwork and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A wonderful find for the dedicated Porsche enthusiast, this one-owner car comes complete with instruction manuals; service/maintenance books (stamped); tool kit; State of Colorado Certificate of Title (in the original owner's name); and even the original window sticker and supplying dealer's invoice.