Changes for the 1973 Porsche 911, which would be part of the F-Series, began with big black-rubber bumper guards and steel reinforcing door beams per new federal mandates by the United States for safety and emissions. A distinctive cookie-cutter alloy wheel was also released for the 911E models. This era in Porsche production is of particular importance to its history. The 1973 Porsche 911E Coupe and Targa models were made during a time when great upheavals rocked the American auto industry. The toughest U.S. emissions standards ever seen made most engines less efficient than ever, and a new federal mandate for 5mph bumpers brought about power-sapping weight and ugly looks to many of the era’s cars. And, in 1973, when OPEC shut off Middle East pipelines and long lines began to form at gas stations, prices for gas skyrocketed. Against all odds, the Porsche 911 remained a high performer. They naturally had crash bumpers integrated to look as if they’d always been there. And, while many automakers resorted to smaller engines, the 911’s got a large one that met all the latest emissions regulations while sacrificing little in power or fuel efficiency.
When purchasing any classic Porsche 911, always look for examples that have additional options that will make the car unique. For example, some of the options that were available on the 1973 Porsche 911E Coupe included a sunroof, tinted windshields, leather seats, headrests, a three-piece stainless muffler skirt, and Hella fog lights to name just a few. These items may not raise the value of the 911 exponentially, but they can help make your 911E an interesting purchase should you need to sell it down the road. It should be noted that one of the options that was previously available on the 911, the rear wiper, became standard fitment on the 1973 Porsche 911E. Another important note on the 1973 Porsche 911E Coupe is to ensure you watch for any signs of rust damage or repair. These cars had very little rust protection and it is imperative to understand the overall condition of the body and chassis, as this is directly correlated to the value of the car.
When you’re ready to learn more about the 1973 Porsche 911E Coupe or Targa, the team of classic car professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with you. They also encourage you to tour their online inventory to view the 911E models currently available at their California classic car dealership. Should you have any questions or would like to learn more Buyer’s Tips for this particular model, do not hesitate to contact their team today. They look forward to hearing from you soon! Connect today.
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