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While Porsche’s loyal fan base closely scrutinized the new six-cylinder 911, initially designated “901” upon its debut at Frankfurt, it paid tribute to the outgoing 356 while forming the basis for the company’s stunning record of commercial and racing success that continues uninterrupted today. The first substantial 911 revision was applied to the “B-Series” cars produced from August 1968, with the wheelbase length slightly extended from 87.0 to 89.3 inches. Overall length remained unchanged with the rear wheels simply relocated aft. While primarily intended to stabilize handling during aggressive cornering, improved interior room was another welcome benefit.
For 1968, the 911 model line grew to three, comprising the entry-level 911T or “Touring” with 110 bhp, the mid-level 911L or “Luxus” with 130 bhp, and the 911S or “Super.” All were available in both coupe and Targa body styles. For 1969, the “L” was succeeded by the 911E, with the “E” denoting the adoption of Einspritzung, the German short-form for fuel injection, which allowed Porsche to be the first German manufacturer to comply with the stricter emissions regulations enacted in America from 1968.
Unlike many of its competitors during the era, Porsche actually raised the 911’s performance by offsetting lower compression ratios with an engine-displacement increase of 200 cubic centimetres to 2.2 liters for 1970’s “C-Series” cars, which were built from September 1969. A larger 225-millimeter clutch and ZF limited-slip differential handled the engine’s greater power and torque output. The D-series cars of 1971 continued to exemplify the relentless development and engineering updates applied to the 911. The flat-six engine now received small oil squirters derived from Porsche’s racing experience to cool the pistons and thereby dramatically improving engine durability. Additional welcome updates included three-speed windscreen wipers and relocation of the fuel pump to the front of the car. Improved corrosion protection applied to the D-Series cars further defined them. While the 911 “S” and “E” carried higher power ratings, the 911T was a surprisingly strong performer with acceleration from rest to 60 mph achieved in just 8.0 seconds en route to a top end approaching 130 mph. In contrast to the relatively high-strung 911S, Road & Track testers also found the 911T delivered exceptional drivability and all-around flexibility under real-world driving conditions.
This exceptional 1971 Porsche 911T is a truly remarkable find at auction for committed Porsche collectors and marque enthusiasts, being an unrestored car with only 57,160 actual miles of use from new. Always garaged and not even left outdoors overnight, this 911T was always hand-washed at the owner’s home, and servicing was performed by Stuttgart Motors in West Los Angeles. Remarkably, the car’s interior remains virtually new. In addition to highly desirable features and options including air conditioning and fog lamps, this 911T is further equipped with an alarm and alarm-activation pager, brand new batteries, new accelerator-pedal linkage, wheel anti-theft locks, and virtually new tires. Other great items include a front-end bra, original owner’s manual, and an original tool kit. Service is up to date with no deferred items. Delivering all the virtues, clean styling, and technical sophistication of Porsche’s D-Series 911, this 1971 Porsche 911T marks an astute and highly enjoyable classic Porsche experience in all respects.