The basic Porsche 911 design has been in constant production since its introduction in 1963. Only in 1998 did the air-cooled six cylinder engine revert to water cooling. Throughout its life the 911 has been subject to engine capacity increases and upgrades to satisfy an eager following. The 2.2 L 911E was called ‘The secret weapon from Zuffenhausen’. Despite the lower power output of the 911E compared to the 911S, the 911E was actually quicker in acceleration up to 160 km/h (99 mph). Any Porsche which has been enjoyed by only one single owner for more than 40 years is special. This matching numbers 911E was collected by its first owner in January 1973 direct from the factory, supported by correspondence from deposit having been paid to the complete bill of sale.
As expected with a car of such long term ownership the body is untouched and rust-free, retaining its original factory Tangerine (#2323) paint. All panels are in remarkable condition; the panel gaps and shut lines are perfect, and the doors close with the Porsche trademark ‘ping’. The interior is un-restored and perfectly preserved. With the exception of small stress crack on the dash top the whole interior (including carpets, headliner, door panels and door pockets) is lovely. The seats (in genuine leather not vinyl) show just the merest of wear on the driver’s seat, and the original ‘Coco’ floor mats are still present. As expected all controls and instruments are in full working order.
Over the years the engine has always been correctly serviced but has never been removed from the car, and still shows perfect oil pressure, accelerating through the five forward gears effortlessly. With more mid-range torque than the S, this car is as fast or faster than an S in most driving conditions. In a world of over-restored classic Porsches, this early 911E stands out as a unique and refreshing find. If you are seeking a genuine rare surviving example of one of the most exciting variants of the legendary 911, then look no further.
The 911E is offered with the original Porsche book pack, service books and receipts of over 40 years of careful maintenance. With a total recorded mileage of 74,580 miles in almost 50 years, this is a unique find and a real treat for the true enthusiast.