8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012

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1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé
Coachwork by Karmann Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012

€ 65,000 - 95,000
US$ 72,000 - 110,000
8th car built on LWB Chassis
1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé
Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 119120008
Engine no. 6195012
*Very early LWB model
*Very early magnesium 901 engine case
*Matching numbers
*Powerful 911S upgrades

A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 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 bodyshell 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.

In 1963 Porsche bought the coachbuilder Reutter, which had produced most of the bodies for the Type 356 models, thus ensuring continuity of body supply for the forthcoming 911 and 912. However, the newcomers were such a success that within a few years Porsche was selling cars faster than it could build them. Coachbuilder Karmann of Osnabrück, with whom Porsche had a longstanding relationship, was asked to help increase production, starting in 1966 with the 912. In 1968, while Porsche was working on prototypes of the forthcoming long-wheelbase 911, Karmann started building the 911T. The extension of the wheelbase by 60mm represented the first major revision of the original 911 design. Production of these 'B Programme' cars, as they are known, began in August 1968. Karman was involved in their production for only one year, during which time the Osnabrück firm built 3,561 911Ts and 1,014 911Es. The car offered here, chassis number '0008', is one of the very earliest 'B Programme' production cars. The only older 'B Programme' cars known to exist are a few pre-production prototypes, and some reports suggest that this car is the oldest known surviving matching-numbers production Porsche 911 on the longer wheelbase. It also has the lightweight magnesium crankcase, introduced on the 'B Programme' cars, which helped give the LWB 911 much greater cornering stability compared with the preceding SWB cars. This car's magnesium crankcase is considered to be one of the oldest known survivors that carried over the '1.1R' casting part number from the preceding aluminium crankcase.

This car was built on 3rd September 1968 and delivered to a private owner in San Francisco, California. The vehicle was imported into the Netherlands in 1995 and in 2003 was repainted from its original Tangerine to silver. Nevertheless, it still retains most of its original details such as the one-year-only engine deck lid, basket-weave dashboard, black vinyl seats, dual 40mm triple-throat Weber IDA carburettors, rubber bumpers and Fuchs wheels. This car also has the desirable 901 dogleg five-speed manual gearbox.

The Porsche has been well maintained by the current owners, starting with an engine rebuild in 2008 with new seals, bearings, chains and tensioners. The dashboard and door upholstery were professionally refurbished in 2012, while the original transmission was cleaned, inspected and rebuilt in the process of replacing the intermediate plate bearings in 2014. Several other in period upgrades have been made over the years, such as a 911E camshaft with matching 30mm venturies; ventilated front and rear brakes; BKHZ ignition; optional 'S' style oil level and pressure gauges with matching sump sender; Turbo tie-rods; short shift; and 'Deep 6' Fuchs rear wheels. Correspondence on file from Porsche Classic confirms that this car is a matching numbers example that still has its original engine and transmission, and Porsche Amsterdam has confirmed this in the accompanying 'Birth Certificate'. Interestingly, this certificate records a 'B' paint code, which is a carryover from previous years and is very unusual in a 1969 model, perhaps indicating that Karmann had not yet switched codes. The car also comes with Netherlands registration papers.

Described as in generally very good condition, this early Porsche 911T is reported as a strong runner and pleasurable to drive, and thanks to its 'E' camshaft provides much of the excitement of the more powerful 911S. Being one of the oldest known matching-number long-wheelbase survivors, this 911T is an important piece of Porsche history and would be a worthy addition to any collection.
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8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
8th car built on LWB Chassis ,1969 Porsche 911T 2.0-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. 119120008 Engine no. 6195012
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