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1970 PORSCHE 911 E 2.2 - LHD

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This Porsche 911 E 2.2 is a superb classic sports car, which was treated to extensive restoration works in 2010 and remains in very good condition. It is powered by a 2.2-litre air-cooled flat-six, producing around 155hp, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. It is reported to a full numbers-matching car, retaining its original engine and gearbox.

Understood to have been supplied to its first owner in the US, this 1970 left-hand drive 911 was imported to the UK from San Francisco just over 20 years ago, and was officially re-registered in November 1999. An extensive restoration was completed in 2010, with the car returned to its original Burgundy Red hue, and in 2011 it was acquired by the current owner.

The bodywork is described by the vendor as being in ‘A1’ condition, with flush shut lines and even panel gaps all around the car. The door jambs, bonnet and boot shuts are all in great shape, and its Burgundy Red paint has a wonderfully deep and glossy finish following a bare-metal respray. Its 15-inch Fuchs alloy wheels present very well, with the gloss black main sections accented by bare polished ‘petals’ and rims.

Stepping inside, it is instantly noticeable that the front seats have been replaced with items from a later 911, no doubt to add a touch more comfort and support. The black upholstery and interior trim everywhere else is believed to be original, and is in generally good order, showing some imperfections commensurate with the age and mileage. There is wear to the outer bolsters of the front seats, some lifting of the inner trims around door apertures, and a few splits in the rubber seals near the sill covers. There is a wooden gear knob, a Momo Prototipo steering wheel, and a retro Sony radio cassette deck - and the vendor reports no faults with any electrics.

During the vendor’s nine-year ownership, the 911 has been maintained by leading Porsche specialist Autofarm, with the mechanical work detailed by the invoices in the photo gallery. As part of the restoration, and prior to the current keeper’s acquisition, the car was also given a full engine rebuild. It is now reported to drive superbly, with a wonderful soundtrack, and the only minor note from the owner is that the rear suspension mounts squeak slightly in hot and dry weather.

Exempt from mandatory annual MOT testing on the basis of age, its last such inspection was carried out on 1 August 2017 at 120,912 miles, when resulted in a first-time pass and only one advisory for a misting of oil on the front shock absorbers. There is a Runway tyre on the offside front corner, but the other three tyres are matching Firestone Firehawk items, and they are all around 20% worn with ample tread left.

Accompanying the car are the original books, including the service record, plus an extensive history file and even a Certificate of Authenticity.

This Porsche 911 E 2.2 is an impressive classic sports car, refinished in its original factory colour, and with strong mechanicals that have been well-cared for by a renowned specialist. Offering a compelling blend of a characterful flat-six and pure lightweight dynamics, this restored Porsche would be a fine addition to any collection, and could be a great entry point to classic 911 ownership.

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