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Porsche 911: Buying guide and review (1963-1973)

Porsche 911: Buying guide and review (1963-1973) Classic and Performance Car
They look fantastic, they’re great to drive, they’re competitive in historic motor sport, they’re tough and reliable and they have that indefinable ‘cool’ factor. Pre-impact bumper Porsche 911s are wonderful machines, but prices vary wildly according to the model and it’s easy to get into expensive trouble.  
 
Which one to buy?
 
The pre-1965 911 dominates historic rallying and the RS Carrera is prefect for top-end road events such as Tour Auto – but prices are sky-high. Next down is the 911S, in many ways more useable than the RS, but prices have risen sharply over the last few years. But the lower-powered models, like the 911T and 911E, still offer the 911 looks and driving experience, for much less money. They’re not nearly as quick but they’re a lot of fun.  
 
The other dividing factory between models is down to wheelbase: the tail-happy nature of the early cars is well known but when the rear trailing arms were extended to increase the wheelbase, handling was improved to the extent that few will be caught out. 
 
Have we missed anything? Yes; you’re thinking you want a coupé, right? But early soft-window Targas are super-rare, and later Targas offer open-top motoring without a typical convertible’s wind noise. Although prices have been rising just as quickly as the Coupes, they’re still relatively great value… 
 
If you want a hassle-free 911 then go for a mechanical fuel-injection car, because carburettors go out of balance. But carburettor cars are nippy through the gears and sound better.
 
Service history adds to value and so does interesting provenance. A lot of cars have been restored badly many years ago but every now and again virtually untouched 911s turn up. They’re the ones to go for.   
 
Looking for a different Porsche 911 variant?
 
Whether it’s simply down to budget constraints, a desire for more impressive handling capabilities or simply personal preference, there are plenty of options from the later 911 variants:
 
 
Performance and specs
 
1969 Porsche 911E
Engine 2195cc, 12 valve flat-six 
Power 153bhp @ 6200rpm 
Torque 141lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 137mph 
0-62mph 8.0 seconds 
Fuel consumption 18mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2268mm
Length 4163mm
Width 1610mm
Height 1320mm
Kerb weight 1020kg
 
Common problems
 
• Even the earliest 911s are relatively reliable, or at least have the potential to be. But if a 911 has been neglected, sooner or later you’ll pay for that neglect. 

• Before anything else, look for extensive service records – oil changes every 3000 miles are crucial. 

• Watch the oil pressure closely. From cold it should be 40-60psi; once hot it will go up and down with the revs, and should be around 40psi at 4000rpm. 

• Fumes in the cabin may be due to oil on the heat exchangers, which may burn off, but make sure the heater works – replacement heat exchangers are expensive. 

• Try fast gearchanges, particularly from second to third – a crunch means worn synchro and an expensive rebuild. Vague gearshifting is usually easily fixed with replacement bushes.  

• Rust can be a big problem. Look for bubbles on the B-post, around the door latch, a sure sign of big problems below: the ‘kidney bowl’ panels, sills, jacking points and inner wing could be affected. 

• Feel around under all the arches, check the sunroof aperture, the underside of the parcel shelf (from inside the engine bay), the front edge of the boot under the spare wheel and all the usual extremities. Most but not all panels are available. 

• The Porsche factory supports early 911s really well, and its replacement body panels are high quality but expensive. Non-genuine panels may be half the price but can take three or four times longer to fit.

• Some pattern parts are worth having though, and a good specialist will advise you which are worth buying. Remember that you can end up paying hundreds for minor parts such as rear lights, bumper trims, seats and even door pockets – you have been warned! 
 
Model history
 
1963: 911 launched at Frankfurt. 
1964: First production 911 on sale, 130bhp, 2.0-litre. 
1966: Targa introduced, initially with fold-down soft rear window. 
1966: 911S, with 170bhp, Fuchs alloys, vented discs, anti-roll bars. 
1967: 110bhp 911T and 130bhp 911L replace original 911.   
1967: Sportmatic added to range. 
1968: Targa gets fixed rear window. 
1968: New ‘B-series’ version with longer wheelbase. 110bhp 911T on carbs, 140bhp 911E and 170bhp 911S, both with fuel injection. 
1969: Part-galvanised bodies, 2.2-litre engine, 125bhp 911T, 155bhp 911E, 180bhp 911S. 
1971: 2.4-litre 130bhp 911T, 165bhp 911E, 190bhp 911S, stronger Type 915 gearbox.  
1972: 911 Carrera RS introduced, with 2.7-litre 210bhp engine. 
1973: Impact-bumpers introduced.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.porscheclubgb.com – UK-based Porsche owners club and forums
• www.porscheshop.co.uk – Porsche 911 parts for sale
 
Summary and prices
 
There’s still the chance to buy a pre-impact bumper 911 for ‘reasonable’ money. But if you want to be competitive in motor sport, you will need to spend a lot more – and you need to consult the experts to avoid being sold a fake. It’s much easier to buy the lower-powered models but the catch is that a 2.4T, for example, will cost the same to restore as an RS. 
 
The biggest danger lies in the middle ground, cars that are perhaps a little scruffy around the edges. You will usually be better off with the best, most original car you can find, maybe settling for a great T or E rather than an average S, for example. Or buy the worst car and budget for a high-quality restoration. Crucially, make sure the car you buy has all the right bits. 
 
But what should you expect to pay? The very earliest 2.0-litre short-wheelbase 911 is a desirable car, and can command anywhere between £30,000-£85,000 for a great example. The later L and T models range from £17,000-£55,000 with the slightly more special E models fetching around £5000 more. 
 
Further up the pecking order is the more tuned up 911S, with prices ranging from £75,000-£150,000 and early SWB cars commanding even more than the later versions. The ultimate is of course the 2.7-litre Carrera RS, which regularly sell for more than £500,000 today. The lightweight cars built for racing are even more valuable, so expect to pay more than £700,000 for one of these today. Prices for all 911s are continuing to rise however, and many dealers will be selling cars for significantly more than these figures. 
 
While we love the RS and the S, prices have gone mad, and there’s a lot to be said for instead spending your money on a super example of a lower-powered model. Any pre-impact bumper 911 can be used everyday, or for touring holidays – and it will always look great.  
Last updated: 15th Mar 2016
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  • Porsche 911

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    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 8950 mi
    • Engine size: 2981
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  • Porsche 911 SC Targa 1983

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    Porsche 911 SC Targa 1983 New delivery of this Porsche was in 1983, provided with the beautiful Guards red paint with Fuchs wheels. The car drives great and has the 5 speed gearbox. The interior has black leather and is very comfortable. The 911 SC Targa is fully ready for driving. Car has Belgian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1983
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  • Porsche 911 S Targa small body 1976

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 911 S Targa small body 1976, restored This Porsche 911 Targa small body in original Indisch Rot paint was built in 1976 in the faster S version. The new paint is a great combination with the aluminium and original Fuchs wheels. The interior has new black leather. This magnificent Porsche 911 S Targa looks as new and drives perfect. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1976
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  • 1967 Porsche 911 2.0S

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    Chassis no. 308325 The 1967 911S (‘O’ Series) production run consisted of only 1162 examples of which approximately 35 were right hand drive. Only 7 are thought to remain in the UK and possibly no more than 5 in the rest of the world. Being an SWB (2.25 inches shorter wheelbase) provides a propensity for the car to drive like a go-kart! Surprisingly though, it is a very easy vehicle to drive with good visibility and a turning circle that would embarrass a vehicle more modern. This 911 was first delivered by the Porsche factory on 30th July 1967 to a Mr Alexander Simpson, a Kiwi resident in Bermuda. It was subsequently registered in New Zealand on 24th December 1968. All engine, chassis and gearbox numbers match. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 ‘S’. The specification is as it left the factory: £225,000 Private registration not for sale.

    • Year: 1968
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  • 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S

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    Chassis no. 9110300157 The 2.2S is the ultimate early 911. It was Steve McQueen’s favourite 911 and is said by many Porsche cognoscenti to be a better drive than a 2.7 RS! The engine is the star in the 2.2S, now designated 911/02, with an increase in bore from 80mm to 84 mm. Power was up, courtesy of the Bosch mechanical fuel injection and a 9.8:1 compression ratio, to 180 bhp. This gives an impressive 166bhp per tonne. Lubrication is dry sump and there are stronger connecting rods and magnesium crankcases. Other important aspects of the 2.2S, include the aluminium engine lid, ‘dogleg’ 901 gearbox and 15 inch Fuchs alloys. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 ‘S’. £235,000

    • Year: 1970
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  • 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition PDK

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    20" Sport Classic Alloys, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Communication Management (PCM) Including Navigation Module, 911 50 Years Edition Package (Sport Chrono, Telephone Module, Front & Rear Park Assist, Heated Seats), Electric Glass Slide/Tilt Sunroof, BOSE Surround Sound System, Cruise Control, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Gearbox, Adaptive Sports Seats Plus (18 Way) With Memory Package Including Electric Steering Column Adjustment, Online Services, Digital Radio, Leather Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Automatically Dimming Interior & Exterior Mirrors With Integrated Rain Sensor, Rain Sensing Wipers, Bi-Xenon Headlights In Black Including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Rear Wiper, Windscreen With Grey Top Tint, Light Design Package, Power Steering Plus, Extended Warranty Until April 2018, Aluminium Look Filler Cap, Extended Porsche Manufacturers Warranty Until April 2018, UK Supplied Car, Exceptional Example! Sports Exhaust System, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) With Body Lowered By 10 mm, 911 50th Logo on Headrests & Door Sill Guards, Brushed Aluminium Decorative Door Panel Trim & Centre Console Trim, PDK Selector Lever In Aluminium, Sport B

    • Mileage: 9180 mi
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  • 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera [996] 2dr Tiptronic S Cabriolet

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    Hard Top Included. Full Engine Rebuild By A Well Known Porsche Expert Including IMS And Piston Bores Replaced At A Cost Of Over £12000. Very Well Serviced And Cared For, Upgrades - Electric Seats including Memory on Driver's Side, Heated Seats (pair), 18in Carrera Alloy Wheels, Wind Deflector, Porsche Driver Information System, Porsche Communication Management System, Parking Assistance, Headlight Pack, Bose Sound System, Sports Exhaust, CD Auto Changer, Comfort Seats, Xenon Lights, 6 months warranty, 12 months MOT, Full service history, Grey Full leather interior, Metallic Grey, Open 6 Days A Week (Sundays and Bank Holidays by appointment), Part Exchange Up Or Down, Anything Considered, Warranty Included, Competitive Finance Options. Vehicles Purchased.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 44000 mi
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  • 1968 Porsche 911 L

    $84,500(£0) $84,500(£0)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1968 Porsche 911L in White with Black interior. Original matching numbers engine 3080602. Replacement trans - original one comes with the car. 93,828 miles on odo. Engine rebuilt at a cost of $10k in 1992 at 63,618 miles. Mechanically good, lots of power, no smoke on start up. Shifts very well, good clutch and brakes. Very good body with excellent panel fit, no signs of prior accidents. Very good solid underside - jacking points could be tidied up a little but nothing horrible. Very nice trunk pan. Paint is beyond presentable but not great, its older and has had a blend on the hood. A five footer I guess - not screaming out for a repaint by a long way but this is a rare one year only model in very original and honest condition, someone is going to take it to the next level. Certificate of Authenticity inbound. Fantastic interior that appears to be all or largely original, great dash, nice door panels, seats and carpets, excellent roof liner. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of thi

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  • Lot 150

    1966 Porsche 911

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    1996 Porsche 911 GT2

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  • Porsche 911 2.4E-SOLD

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    911E 2.4 1972 external oil filler model 76,000 miles Finished in sepia brown with tan leather interior Specification includes electric sunroof, rear wiper, Fuchs alloy wheels, Porsche-Blaupunkt radio with rare graphic equaliser. Sold new on 31st May 1972 by AFN Ltd to a P.D. Galsworthy Esq. A very well known car in PCGB circles having been a past concours winner, a very genuine car which has covered a genuine low mileage from new, it had a very high quality repaint in 2004 which still looks perfect today and received an interior re-trimmed in leather. It has benefitted from continual care and maintenance by fastidious owners and Porsche recognised Porsche specialists and has never been neglected during its 40+ years on the road. Comes with a supporting Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and is featured in a Porsche book by Chris Harvey. Also a huge file of invoices and receipts and old MOT certificates dating back to 1978 are present along with the original sales invoice and service booklet! A cherished example which also boasts the most comprehensive history file dating back to when it was first supplied new, a superb example beautifully presented in its original and wonderful pe

    • Mileage: 76000 mi
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  • Porsche 911 Turbo 993

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    1995 Porsche 993 Turbo Arena red with black leather interior 65,000 miles A C16 UK car supplied new by AFN Great West Road, London Specification includes air conditioning, sports seats, Turbo S Aerokit, electric sliding sunroof, electric seats, remote Porsche alarm system and Becker Indianapolis Pro CD player with satellite navigation. This vehicles comprehensive history file includes a large folder of service invoices, MOT’s and the original service book, featuring a wealth of stamps. Most importantly the car had an engine re-build approximately 10,000 miles ago at a cost of £20,000. Included in the history file is a Peter Morgan 230 point inspection report carried out prior to the last owners tenure. The file also shows that he was incredibly fastidious and made every effort to keep her tip-top. In 2014 he had the brake discs and pads replaced, but furthermore at the same time had the callipers completely rebuilt and coated in the correct red finish with Porsche script. In 2015 there is a Porsche invoice on file for over £2,000 in parts alone and at the same time a thorough service was carried out by leading Porsche specialist Ninemeister at a cost of £2,161. This Turbo drives ex

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
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  • Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

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    1988 911 3.2 Carrera Coupe G50 23,400 miles from new C16 UK supplied RHD Coupe Finished in Guards red with black leather/velour pinstripe interior. Specified with electric sunroof, 8-way electric seats, front and rear spoilers, 16″ Fuchs alloy wheels, rear wiper, headlamp wash. Fitted with a Porsche Retro Satellite Navigation system. Supplied new on 1st January 1988 by Isac Agnew Ltd Porsche main agent in Newtownabbey County Antrim to a Mr William Miscampbell of Belfast. There is a comprehensive history file present which contains various service invoices and MOT certificates. Comes complete with all original handbooks – including the original stamped maintenance booklet, tools, air compressor etc. A late 3.2 Carrera with the all important G50 gearbox, offered in superbly original unmolested condition.

    • Mileage: 23400 mi
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  • Porsche 911RS ‘Lightweight’ 964

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    1992 964 RS Lightweight LHD Finished in Rubystone Red with rubystone/violet & grey leather. 94,500 kilometres C00 German delivery vehicle supplied new on 24th March by Porsche Stuttgart. Specification includes Recaro bucket seats, limited-slip differential, 17″cup magnesium wheels, 5-speed gearbox, A/C delete option. Imported into the UK at the end of 2015 by the last owner who purchased the car from renowned Porsche RS specialist Thomas Schmitz in Germany. This was a car from Schmitz’s personal collection which he had owned for some 11 years, during which time it was fastidiously maintained as one would expect. In addition to this a journal was kept logging every mile covered, a regime which has been kept up by the subsequent UK owner. In 2016 the car was taken to Porsche Specialist Redline Racing of Cleveland and it was inspected with the intention of making the car mechanically tip-top. The engine was taken out of the car, stripped down and rebuilt with genuine parts only. Various suspension, steering and brake components were removed and refurbished or replaced. No expense was spared and the cost of this was in excess of £21000. The car has since covered some 3,500 trouble-free

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  • Porsche 911 Turbo

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    1978 911 Turbo 3.3 930 79,100 miles from new. Finished in colour to sample green metallic. Black leather & pinstripe velour interior Factory specification includes, air conditioning, electric sunroof, sports seats, electric windows, electric mirrors. Ordered new by Porsche Cars Great Britain and first supplied by AFN Ltd to Mr J Heath, a diamond dealer from Hatton Gardens, London. There are only 5 subsequent owners since then, all documented in the cars massive history file, the last of which, a serial Porshce collector who commissioned an intensive programme of work at a noted Porsche Specialist. This included the removal of all suspension components and refinishing the underside. All suspension components have been powder coated and replaced with new bushes and many other new components. The result of this work are simply stunning. Comes with a most comprehensive history along with the original service history booklet and other handbooks supplied from new. A very special car in the most attractive colour imaginable.

    • Mileage: 79100 mi
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  • Porsche 911 Turbo S 993

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    1998 Porsche 993 Turbo S 22,600 miles 1 owner from new Finished in Ocean blue metallic with black/red leather A C16 UK car supplied on 10th June 1998 by Merlin Porsche of Nottingham to its one and only fastidious owner from new. The vehicle has always been garaged from new and never driven in the rain unless caught out! The original service booklet is present and has a wealth of Porsche main agent stamps right up to the last in 2015. There is a large file of service invoices and old MOT certificates and all original handbooks are present in the correct pouch. As are the spare keys and tool kit. We were informed by the owner when we purchased this vehicle that it has never been repainted and our checks with a paint depth gauge confirms with consistent factory readings all over. We believe that there were only 23 C16 UK RHD examples supplied so this represents a very rare opportunity indeed.

    • Mileage: 22600 mi
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  • Porsche 911 L coupe White 1968

    €99,950(£0) €99,950(£0)

    This is a very rare 1968 Porsche 911 L (F-Model) in the colour Hellelfenbein. The paint and interior are in very beautiful condition and the car has Porsche striping. This is 1 of 449 L-models ever built. The car has the original matching numbers engine and Sportomatic gearbox. The Porsche Certificate, original manual and original service booklet are present. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1968
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  • Porsche 911

    £26,995 £26,995

    Satellite Navigation, Cruise Control, Climate Control, Sports Seats, Rear Wash/wipe, Rear Spoiler, Multi-Disc CD Player, Electric Seats, Traction Control, Computer, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, 19'' Alloys, Full service history

    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    • Engine size: 3596
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    £26,995 £26,995
  • Porsche 911 Turbo 991 PDK COUPE

    £104,950 £104,950

    Basalt black metallic, Black full leather trim, 14-way electric memory sports seats, heated seats, extended leather pack, Alcantara roof lining, electric glass sunroof, automatic climate control, 20in 911 Turbo alloy wheels, Porsche colour crested centre caps, PCM satellite navigation system, Bluetooth Telephone module, BOSE Hi-Fi system, Touch Screen radio/CD, DAB Digital radio, USB/AUX Media Input, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Porsche electronic damper control with PDCC, Dynamic Engine Mounts, PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) Plus, PSM and traction control, electric windows, electric heated mirrors, remote central locking and alarm, ABS, front and side airbags, auto-dim rear view mirror, F1 Style Steering Wheel with paddle shift, Sport Plus PDK Gearbox, Auto Stop/Start function, cruise control, trip computer, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Headlight cleaning system, LED Daytime Running Lights, Interior Light Package, Park Assist front and rear, Reversing Camera, tyre pressure monitoring, retractable front/rear spoiler, top tint windscreen, VTS Tracking System, Two Private owners from new, Full Porsche service history

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 8000 mi
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    £104,950 £104,950