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1973 Porsche 911 E Targa #'s Match Recent Refurbishment 2-CA owners 80k Orig Mi.

Make: Porsche
Model: 911
SubModel: E 2.4 MFI
Year: 1973
Mileage: 80,000
VIN: 9113210990
Color: Silver
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States

1973 Porsche 911 Additional Info:

1973 Porsche 911 E Targa

Numbers Matching/Low Orig. Miles

2-Owner California Car from New

Very Original Survivor

Stock #0665

VIN # 9113210990

ENG# 6231940 (911/52)

TRN# 7730826 (915/02) 80,100 Original Miles

Late 1973 Build (AG body) Silver Metallic (936) on Black Leather (66)

5-speed 915 Gearbox

Clean and Clear California Title

Mostly 2-Owner California Car from New

Numbers Matching

PCA Member Owners

Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche

Straight/Dry Chassis with No Damage or Rust

While people are scrambling to restore early 911 S’s, many collectors and enthusiasts are realizing that 911 E’s are probably better cars to drive. However, finding a nice, straight, dry example that is “turnkey” is getting quite difficult. The restoration costs alone can easily reach well over 6-figures. The combination of low production numbers and prohibitive restoration costs are making these survivor E’s incredibly rare.

Although we don’t know the selling Porsche dealership, we do have records dating back 35-years. This was one of the last 911 E’s off of the assembly line. In fact, it was one of the last long-hood 911s delivered to the States. It has a production date of June 1973 (AG Body). A month later the production stopped. It was ordered with the following factory options:

US Equipment

Forged Alloy Wheels (15x6 Fuchs)

Tinted Glass All-Around

Leather Seats

What is so unusual about this example is that most 911s delivered to the U.S. by 1973 were loaded down with all kinds of options. Porsche figured that’s what we want. And the E’s, in particular, were usually heavily optioned. However, this example is one of the most sparse I’ve experienced. Several experts have agreed that this was possibly slated for a European delivery and then changed and designed for the States. As a result, they threw some leather seats and Fuchs on at the last minute, installed the rubber DOT bumpers (which are included) and sent it off. What’s even more unlikely is that all these items remained on the car. No one tried to do any upgrades.

The original owner lived in Northern California and took delivery sometime in the late summer of 1973. In fact, this example lived its whole life in California. The original owner kept the car until 2003. Most of the miles were in the car’s first 10-years. After that, this 911 became more of a weekend toy. The car was always garaged and properly serviced.

In 1988 with 71,000 original miles, the first owners decided to have German Competition Motors of Hayward, California do significant work. The bill totaled nearly $7,000…that’s like $20,000 today. Some of the major repairs included:

Replaced clutch and flywheel

Installed chain tensioners

New master cylinder

Engine rebuilt (top end/resealed)

Transmission rebuilt

In 2003, the original owner sold the car to a broker who then sold it to a local PCA couple here in Orange County. They used it for some light weekend cruising. In fact, they put less than 1,500 miles on the car in their 12-year ownership.

We took the car in on consignment over 18-months ago. After a week in our care, we were captivated by the condition and originality of the car. Outside of a decent 30-year old paint job, nothing else had been touched on the car. The glass, deco, interior, muffler, etc. were all original and in remarkable condition. It just needed some light freshening up. So, we decided to take the car on as a fun project as I really wanted to see this car brought to the next level while also preserving its originality.

Before we started, we had a thorough inspection of the chassis and drivetrain to confirm its excellent condition. A compression test was performed and the numbers were very good and extremely even:

1) 150 2) 160 3) 160 4) 160 5) 160 6) 165

Next, we had one of the top Porsche MFI specialists (Richard Humphries) install the full correct MFI system including the correct heat exchanger, correct pump, stacks, throttle bodies, all new linkage, air box, etc. All the parts are either original factory parts or very correct later parts with all the correct fasteners, etc. The MFI pump is a correct numbered 1973 E specific pump.

In the late 80’s the original silver paint was starting to have clear coat issues (extremely common for early silver/metallic Porsches) and started to turn gold. So, it was repainted. The job was very good for the time and some less than tasteful design choices were made. So, we employed the help of Randy Inglis Restorations to prepare the car for paint. Randy is a master craftsman with metal and a restorer with over 3-decades of experience. After months of detailed work, the car was ready for paint.

The car was brought down to the bare metal revealing zero rust or prior damage. The car was repainted with the correct factory silver paint that was custom ordered. Once completed, the car went back to Randy for a careful reassembly process including restoration of original parts as needed. The end result is stunning. Most of the paint in the engine compartment, trunk, and doorjambs is original and was intentionally preserved. This E sits on correct factory 15x6 Fuchs with original anodizing and wrapped in fresh 185/70 tires. The brakes have more than half-life and have recently been flushed. We elected to remove the U.S. rubber bumper horns (included with the car) and install factory chrome rear bumperettes and none on the front for a cleaner look.

The final touch was the skilled work of Juan Ortiz Interiors. Juan is a master at carefully restoring vintage car interiors while also preserving originality. The original leather seats were in good condition with no rips or tears. Some of the stitching was coming loose and the inside padding was worn out. Juan carefully removed the original leather covers, completely restored the frames/padding, and then restitched the original leather. The seat still retains that wonderful leather patina but has the comfort of a new seat. The targa top headliner was also restored but the rest of the top is original. In fact, most of the interior is original and unrestored including the carpet, dash, seat leather covers, gauges, door pockets, glass, and steering wheel.

The condition of this 911 E makes it clear that it is a low-mile, California example. The chassis is extremely dry with no signs of abuse, rust, or accidents. In fact, much of the original Cosmoline applied at the factory is still visible throughout the underside and engine area. The muffler is also original to the car including the tip. The original front pan is in great original condition as well. The bright work, glass, and most of the trim are unrestored and original to the car.

This E drives incredibly. It’s got tons of power and low-end grunt. The motor starts up with ease and idles steady. It sounds and runs great. The gearbox shifts easily with no grinding. The brakes feel strong with excellent initial bite and no fading or pulling. The steering is responsive and all the gauges work including the clock. Overall, the car is very tight and feels remarkably fresh…indicative of a low mile/well cared for example.

This Porsche 911 E comes with the original U.S. rubber bumper horns, extra keys, owner’s manual/jacket, spare, most records, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and tool kit (not complete).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

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This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.