Lot 188 - 1968 Porsche 911L (SWB)
|Sold - £71,000
- Rare right hand drive U.K. supplied
- Extensively restored in 2010
- Engine rebuilt to S specification
Introduced at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche’s all-new 911 drew instant acclaim. Like its predecessor, the long-running 356, it had a rear-mounted air-cooled ‘boxer’ engine, but where the 356 had four cylinders the 911 offered six. Styling, reminiscent of the 356 but with up-to-date cues, was by Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche, grandson of the founder Ferdinand Porsche. While the 356 was notable for its longevity in the marketplace, the 911 has proved nearly immortal.
This beautiful and rare right hand drive UK supplied Porsche 911L was subject to an extensive restoration in 2010 and is presented in Bahama Yellow. The European L was the last of the SWB cars and was built to ‘S’ spec – with five-speed gearbox, Koni suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the only difference from an ‘S’ was of course the engine.
Our vendor, a private collector had the engine and gearbox rebuilt to S specification with an S cam, balancing and gas flowing to ‘S+’ power outputs, making the engine a real peach. It is producing 210 bhp, at last dyno, with power delivered smoothly and promptly compared to the standard 2.0 Litres 120/130bhp. The suspension has been set up by a Porsche race mechanic, dialling out some of the handling issues SWB 911’s had in period, with Koni suspension, uprated torsion bars, anti-roll bars and turbo steering arms. Another welcome addition is that of a forward mounted oil cooler and a new stainless steel exhaust.
The upgrades have made this example ideal for driving through the mountains and in the last decade, the car has been driven through the Italian lakes and back through both the Gavia and Stelvio passes. It has participated in the Scottish Malts and Three Castles rallies and in 2019 it also completed the Milan to Monte Carlo rally taking in the highest road in Europe.
Whilst the car is presented in lightweight form, the original bumpers and trim that have been removed do come with the car so, it can be returned to the standard look quite easily should you wish. The history file is full of invoices for maintenance and upkeep, as you would expect, with an owner that has cherished this example and enjoyed it throughout some of the best roads in Europe.
Although described as immaculate, this 911L will show a 2.7RS a clean pair of heels if required, this example has drivability, provenance and rarity in its favour and would be the perfect addition for any planned drive through Europe. Don’t forget, with Porsche turning 75 this year, there will be no shortage of events to enjoy.
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