The 1969 Porsche 911E Soft Window Targa has a few good things going for it. First, it is part of the B-Series of 911 models, which now used Bosch mechanical fuel injection rather than carburetors. It also featured a small but significant change to a longer wheelbase. The change was achieved by moving the wheels backward and by lengthening the trailing arms and allowing the driveshaft to be slightly angled. To accommodate for this change, the wheel arches were repositioned further back and were slightly more flared to accommodate for wider wheels and tires. Interior changes were less fundamental and included a smaller steering wheel, an ashtray in the center of the dash’s lower edge, larger storage bins in the doors, and a revised heater system that allowed for the air intakes on the inner sills to be eliminated. If there was one noted problem with the 1969 Porsche 911E Soft Window Targa and Coupe models, it was the hydro-pneumatic dampers, which negated the need for front torsion bars. It was quite prone to leaks and sagging, and many 911E models have been converted over the years to the conventional springing.
Today, the 1969 Porsche 911E Soft Window Targa, characterized by its Targa top and a rear flexible plastic windows that could be opened with zippers, is difficult to find with the original hydro-pneumatic front suspension setup. Most of these models have either been scrapped or have had the conventional dampers and torsion bars fitted. The decision to purchase a 911E with our without this system is personal preference. When buying a 1969 Porsche 911E Soft Window Targa, it should also be noted to check the condition of the car’s top. While there are numerous companies that can restore or repair your Targa top, it is always in your best interest to find a model that offers the most complete Targa top you can afford. Doing so can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
The Beverly Hills Car Club, a Los Angeles based California classic car dealership, understands the unique difficulties involved in finding the perfect Porsche 911E. Whether you’re looking for a 1969 Porsche 911E Soft Window Targa as your occasional or fair-weather driver, as your next restoration project, or as a piece for your showroom, The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to help you in your search. In the meantime, they encourage you to browse their online inventory and welcome you to contact them with any questions. Connect today to get started!
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