Lot 179 - 1968 Porsche 911E Targa

Lot 179 - 1968 Porsche 911E Targa

Lot 179 - 1968 Porsche 911E Targa

Lot Number 179
Registration YPH 114G
Chassis Number 119210015
Engine Number 6290064
Odometer reading 89,390 miles
Estimate £100,000 - £130,000

This excellent and stunning, matching numbers, 1968 Porsche 911E Targa, fitted with the original five speed manual gearbox is the 1969 model which means it has the lengthened wheelbase which gave much improved handling. It was supplied by the Porsche Centre, Mannheim, Germany to a American citizen -possibly a US serviceman- who took it back with him to Los Angeles, California and sold the car to a friend Mr George J Leetma in 1970/71. The next owner Dana Denfus of Marina del Ray, California owned this Porsche up to 1997, when it was sold and imported to the UK with the mileage of 73,000 miles on the odometer. The first UK registered keeper of this car was Nick Faure, an ex-Porsche GB racing driver and 911 specialist dealer. At the end of 1997 it was sold to Mr Kurk Bredenbeck who lived in the Barbican, London. When he purchased the car the price included new carpets, fit retrimmed Recaro sports seats and a new dash top. He owned the car until 2004 and in his ownership spent over £21,000 on the car; including a complete re-trim in black leather by Southbound (apart from the seats) and body repairs, plus a respray by Bodytechnics of Slough.

 In 2004 it was purchased by Christopher Smith, who had the car until June 2006. In his ownership he had some work carried out, including a big service and some restoration work by Nine-Meister in Warrington. It was then acquired by Phil Sewell, a well know air-cooled Porsche expert based in Wales. When he bought this rust-free example, he described it as ‘cosmetically ok’, the interior as ‘very, very nice’. But the mechanical side as a total disaster, so he set about sorting the car out with him purchasing the parts and sending the car to some of the top Porsche specialists in the UK.

  In 2008 with a mileage of 87034 miles it went to Porsche specialists Unit Eleven where it had a total engine rebuild including new camshafts, new genuine Mahle pistons and barrels increasing it from 2 litres to 2.2 litres, which in Porsche world is regarded as a non-invasive modification.  It also received a crankshaft regrind and new bearings. Cylinder heads fully done. Belt tensioner modification. New oil pump, oil tank, hoses, flywheel and clutch set. The engine was dyno checked and this work increased the horsepower from 140hp to over 180hp. The gearbox was fully rebuilt by Unit Eleven and Tuthill Porsche. After which he did approximately 1000 miles in the car.

 In December 2010 it went to Porsche body specialists RS911 in mid-Wales. Here it was stripped down and new sills and kidney bowls fitted both sides, two new genuine Porsche front wings fitted and then repainted, top and bottom in the original colour of Porsche blue metallic / 6853. When reassembled, paying attention to making sure the ‘shut lines’ are perfect, they used all new rubbers, fitted a new windscreen and fitted a lot of new brightwork. All five Fuchs wheels were fully and properly refurbished by Jasmine PorschaLink and fitted with Avon road/race tyres. It was then finished off with a new engine cover grille and it has the ultra-rare wheel arch trims and the muffler skirt fitted. The attention to detail is second to none. It has an original radio but has a high end Beckman CD player fitted in the glove box, a very professional installation with correct speakers. Since all this work has been carried out, the car has covered less than 1500 miles; including being driven from South Wales to the auction at Bicester by the current owner, who purchased the car in June 2015.

 The exceptional Porsche 911E is supplied with a V5 registration document, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a 911 handbook pack, a large file containing copies of old UK registration documents, invoices since the car has been in the UK, and correspondence between the owner and Phil Sewell. A car worth viewing by any serious Porsche collector.                             


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