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. 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.
One of only 683 Karmann-built 911T coupés produced in the last year of the short (2,211mm) wheelbase chassis, this matching numbers example has been beautifully restored. Leaving the factory on 21st September 1968, it was supplied with a lengthy options list: bumperettes (front/rear), roof ski rack with eight leather straps, engine noise suppression, loudspeaker in dashboard, Blaupunkt radio and Michelin tyres. The car was sold by its original owner to the second owner in 1989; in 1996 the owner decided to give the car to his 16 year old son. The original tangerine paint was stripped at this time, and the car painted red. The engine was removed and completely rebuilt by German Auto Tech in Pomona. Once the car was ready, the owner decided his son was not ready to own a red 911. The car went into the garage and it stayed there untouched until it was repatriated to the UK in the early part of this year.
Before the car was shipped from the UK, the carburettors were overhauled, along with a new clutch, new brakes and brake lines, new spark plugs, alternator and Yokohama tyres. The wheel bearings were re-packed, the heat exchangers and exhaust have been replaced, valves adjusted, and engine oil and filter were changed. After all of the mechanical work and numerous drives for testing and sorting, they went through the cosmetic presentation. This involved installing new carpets, door panels, and new boot carpeting.
Immensely popular within the classic rallying fraternity, these early short-wheelbase 911s are rarely seen with such few owners from new.
This matching numbers Porsche 911 is overhauled and ready for road use. It is complete with a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche and receipts for the above-mentioned work. The engine rebuild, which is documented and cost in excess of $8,000 (£5000.00), was done less than 500 miles ago. The undercarriage and all suspension attachment points are solid and without patches or rust.