Lot 155 - 1970 Porsche 911E
|Odometer reading||98,794 miles|
|Result||Sold - £61,600|
- S Specification engine
- Racing history
- Lightweight specification
The Porsche 911 is the flagship car of the German manufacturer. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined, with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. Since its introduction in 1963, the 911 has undergone continuous development although the basic concept has remained little changed. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of competition and is among the most successful competition cars ever. The earliest edition of the 911 had a flat-six engine in the ‘boxer’ configuration, similar to the 356, air-cooled, rear-mounted and displaced 1991cc. It was mated to a four or five-speed manual ‘Type 901’ gearbox.
Manufactured in 1970 and then exported and registered in the United States in 1971, the 911E on offer here was unusually specified without the usual additional extras; such as a sunroof or electric windows. This configuration however, would shape the car’s future as it lends itself well to motorsport applications where the non-sunroof shell is not only lighter, but also more rigid, aiding handling. As with so many American sourced classic cars, there is little known of the car’s life over there. It was imported into the UK in 1989 and was featured in Classic and Sportscar magazine when being sold by The Autodrome for the April 1992 edition, (of which a copy of the article can be seen in the accompanying history file). The car was purchased by Ken Davies in 1993, (who later went on to be Chairman of the Castle Combe racing Club and is well respected in the Motorsport community) and went about converting it into a race car to run in the HSCC 70’s Roadsports Series, with the help of the well regarded specialists, Oak Tree Garage. Mr. Davis went to be Chairman of the Castle Combe racing Club and is well respected in the Motorsport community. Included in the accompanying history file are many amusing correspondences between Mr. Davis and the HSCC disputing the allowed minimum weight of the car. Mr. Davis enjoyed good success with it, before selling it on to the vendor in 2005.
The vendor carried on racing the car in the HSCC 70’s Roadsports Series until 2009. In 2007, he had the engine rebuilt and uprated to S specification by well renowned Porsche specialist Mike Bainbridge including; ported and polished cylinder heads, reground crankshaft, new Mahle S specification barrels and pistons, modified oil system and replacement piston squirters fitted. The car was then tuned on Bob Watson’s rolling road and shown to have a very healthy 198bhp. Two notable victories for the car were in 2006, when the car won both the Birkett Relay and the Pomeroy Trophy. In 2009, the vendor swapped to a Jaguar for his racing, however, he kept the 911 and used it sparingly for Sunday outings and the odd track day at his local circuit Castle Combe. The car’s specification is impressive with the aforementioned Bainbridge built S specification engine, 6x15” front and 7x15” rear Fuchs style wheels, Bilstein sports suspension, 911S style front bumper, 3.2 Carrera front brake calipers, rear roll cage, RS style seats and lightweight carpet set.
Supplied with a V5C registration document, file of receipts and virtually every MoT test certificate between 1989 and 2016, the vendor reports that the car runs and drives extremely well and that it is a very quick and capable car both on road and track. Ideal for Sunday coffee runs, car meets, track days or even racing, this pretty little 911 can do it all.
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