Now available from CPR Classic, this 1973 911E came through our
doors early in our restoration reboot, with the unique original
color of Signal Yellow and an enthusiastic owner who was ready to
build a fun, reliable driver that turned heads and was a joy to
Years later, this car is still a fun, reliable driver that turns
heads and is a joy to own. It's been exercised frequently but has
none of the road rash that occasionally accompanies exercise.
9113210526 came into the States through Los Angeles and was trucked
to Continental Porsche/Audi in Tucson, AZ. The MSRP was $9,860 but
the car was optioned with a 5-speed transmission, option group G26
(which consisted of S trim, heated rear glass, anti-roll bars, S
instruments, A/C, and Fuchs wheels), and Koni dampers bringing the
total to $10,750.50. How do we know all of this? We have the window
sticker, of course!
What else do we have? An inch-and-a-half binder of service records,
a binder of restoration photos and information, the Certificate of
Authenticity, and a smile on our faces from having this car back
Starting with the exterior and working our way in, the paint's in
fantastic shape and belies the eleven years since the restoration
was completed. Signal Yellow and long-hood 911 lines are a match
made in Stuttgart. The front bumper guards are deleted but the
rears are 1973 standard. The window frames and chrome shine well,
with almost no pitting and some scratches.
A pair of through-the-grille driving lamps add some visual flavor
to the front view, and paired with H4s instead of factory
sealed-beams mean lighting is improved. The rear is rounded out
with a muffler skirt- not optioned from the factory, but a great
nod back to the four-cam 356s and their modesty. Easily removed if
The interior's been changed from factory brown leatherette comfort
seats to reproduction sport seats in black leatherette with wool
houndstooth centers for a more modern aesthetic. The carpet is
black German silverknit. Rear seats were deleted and replaced with
a reproduction of the factory option 9282 "luggage platform instead
of standard rear seats, Targa." This gives the owner a lockable
storage area (additional to the glove box) and a flat load surface
for extended touring- San Diego to Seattle on Highway 1, perhaps? A
rebuilt Targa top, rebuilt gauges, reupholstered and restored touch
surfaces and new door pockets round out the build.
The engine was rebuilt during the restoration in 2011 and has
received a steady diet of fresh oil and consumable parts over the
years. It's turn-key- jump in and enjoy. This is a low-mile engine
and is just past its break-in period; it needs to exist now on a
steady diet of high-test, revs, and enthusiasm. The transaxle is
similarly low-mile and needs similar attention; just drive it!
The suspension and brakes were refreshed and look nearly new;
driving the car confirms our suspicions that it drives as well as
it looks. If you're looking for an introduction to early
air-cooleds, this will hook you.
In closing, this is an eleven-year-old restoration that looks new,
performs as new, and requires almost no waiting period before it
can be enjoyed in the sun and warmth summer brings.