Starting in 1969, the B-Series of the Porsche 911 would be released and would offer three-models: a 911T, 911E and 911S. During this time, the wheelbase for all 911 models was increased, which was Porsche’s remedy to the 911’s uneasy handling at the limit. However, the overall length of the car did not change; rather the rear wheels were relocated. Only the 911T would use carburetors. The new 1969 Porsche 911E, which replaced the 911L, and the 911S would use fuel injection. This was the newest way to marry high performance with low emissions a necessity thanks to new emissions and safety regulations passed by the United States. Transmission choices were also new and included Sportomatic and four- or five-speed manuals for the 911T and 911E, while the 911S was now offered only as a five-speed. For those thinking about buying a 1969 Porsche 911E, there were a few visual changes for 1969 that can help you identify this particular model. Slightly flared wheel openings, necessitated by wider brakes that expanded the 911E and 911S track width, was perhaps the most obvious change.
When buying any pre-1976 classic Porsche, it is always imperative to check for rust damage, as these models were not galvanized. Weak areas are typically found around the headlights, the trailing edges of the front wings, inside the door pillars and around the rear windows. Underneath the car, the kidney bowl around the rear wheel arches gets a bit of a beating, and it can be quite difficult and expensive to fix; it should also be checked thoroughly. As with all classic cars, always ask the seller for any documentation they have regarding ownership history, maintenance and repair, and restoration, as these documents can give you great insight into how the 1969 Porsche 911E was cared for over the years. The overall condition of the model, its history and its rarity can contribute greatly to the car’s value in today’s classic car marketplace. When purchasing a 1969 Porsche 911E, always be sure to conduct a thorough investigation whether you’re buying a fully-restored, mint example or a rolling chassis in need of complete restoration. You will also want to verify engine and chassis numbers of the 911E with Porsche records to verify the car’s authenticity.
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