Production of the successor to the Porsche 356 began in 1964. It had appeared at the 1963 Frankfurt Show under the ‘901’ banner, however, Peugeot claimed that they had a legal right to this number sequence so the 911 was born. Then, almost immediately, the extraordinary process of Porsche evolution began. One of the first upgrades came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S, which featured a better-equipped interior and a revised engine producing 160bhp. But, by this time, approximately half of all 911’s produced were exported to the USA, where the increasingly stringent emission regulations demanded changes had to be made to the original design and another significant safety change was the introduction of dual circuit brakes. However, it took Porsche time to meet these emissions targets and an interim model, the 911L, was introduced. The 911L was only built and sold in 1968 and around 450 left the factory. It featured the 911S’s superior equipment level but retained the torquey 130bhp engine running on Weber carburetors.
This fantastic matching numbers example of the rare 911L model was sold new via agent VW Pacific of Culver City, California, on 11th March 1968, finished in Polo Red with a black leather interior. Now restored very nicely and presented in Grand Prix white with distinctive black Porsche stripes, this beautiful 911L is offered with a Porsche COA, original books and service records. Supplied with Dutch registration papers, this is a lovely example of a very rare variant of the early 911.