1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742

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1971 Porsche 911E 2.2 Targa
Chassis no. 911 121 0742

Sold for € 89,125 (US$ 106,058) inc. premium
1971 Porsche 911E 2.2 Targa
Chassis no. 911 121 0742
•Matching numbers example
•Sought-after 'E' model
•Single private ownership since 1994
•High quality older restoration that presents well

The first of countless upgrades to Porsche's perennial 911 came 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. Improved handling courtesy of a lengthened wheelbase arrived in 1969, and then in 1970 the 911's air-cooled, flat six engine underwent the first of many enlargements - to 2.2 litres. By this time the models on offer had stabilised at three: the 911T, 911E and 911S, all of which were available as either a closed coupé or Targa convertible. With the 2.2-litre engine's arrival, a common type of cylinder head was adopted, the differing power outputs being determined principally by valve timing rather than valve sizes as had been the case hitherto. First seen in 2.0-litre guise in 1969, the 911E was positioned between the entry level 'T' and top-of-the-range 'S', producing a maximum power output of 155bhp (DIN) in upgraded 2.2-litre form.

Built for the US market, this Porsche 911E remained there until the beginning of the 1990s, though there is no prior history available. By then the car was in poor condition and was brought back to Europe for restoration, at which time it was finished in dark grey with a beige interior (see photographs on file). The car was bought by a Belgian enthusiast and taken to Belgium where the complete, 'body off' restoration began in 1994.

The colour scheme was changed to the classic silver with black interior, the latter being completely restored and re-upholstered in black, the Targa top likewise. It should be noted that the very rare door pockets seem to have been restored/renewed, but they are fixed so cannot be opened, though they present beautifully. The original Fuchs wheels have been refurbished, and the complete re-spray carried out to a very high standard. The engine is said to have been overhauled at the same time, now more than 20 years ago.

After the works had been completed in 1996 the car was put into storage and driven only infrequently after its painstaking restoration. It was taken out only on sunny days, which is evident from looking at the car's underside, and it is hard to believe that the restoration was completed 20 years ago, so good is the car's condition.

The owner who had the car restored in the 1990s has now decided to part with it and purchase a more modern sports car. A recent engine check-up was carried out as the car had been standing for a long time, and at the same time the door alignment and some minor cosmetic work was carried out to ensure that it presents beautifully.

Accompanying documentation consist of a copy of the factory records confirming matching numbers; a selection of restoration photographs; Belgian registration papers; and the aforementioned 1991 'as found' photographs.




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1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
1971 Porsche  911E 2.2 Targa  Chassis no. 911 121 0742
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