Porsche’s evergreen 911 hardly needs an introduction among enthusiasts. In its 50-plus years in production, it has become a true icon among sports cars. The original shape, penned by Butzi Porsche, has changed dramatically since it was first introduced in 1964, yet the lineage is perfectly clear, even to laymen. Today’s 911 is a full-fledged supercar with thundering performance that is a far cry from the original, with its 2.0 liter flat six and delicate detailing. Yet they still share so much in terms of their purpose and ethos. Among the early cars, particularly the pre-1974 models, the longer-wheelbase cars from 1969 onward are among the most desirable. A range of sweet six-cylinder engines, from the 2.2 to the Carrera 2.7 all had their own unique characteristics, but each is desirable in its own right and provide the featherweight 911 with the thrust to keep up with much more powerful machinery. Combined with telepathic steering and exceptional braking, the 911 earned its place as a legend on the road, the track and the rally stage.
Our featured 1970 911T is a very tidy and solid example that has been owned by the same individual for the last twenty years. It is a matching numbers car with good documentation as well as a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The car has been very well maintained through the years, with the current owner continuing to have it serviced by the same mechanic who has tended to the car since the 1980s. It presents today as a great driver that can certainly be used as-is or freshened up with a straightforward restoration. The body is extremely solid and straight. Original floor pans show it was always a dry car that has been well kept. The Aubergine paintwork is tired, but perfectly suitable for driving and rallies, and you’d never worry about collecting a stone chip along the way. The exterior trim is largely original and complete, the only exception being the addition of later-style Fuchs “Cookie-Cutter” alloy wheels, which are wrapped in Yokohama AVS rubber. The sunroof in this car is an original factory roof, but is not listed on the COA. Included with the car is an original factory tool roll as well as the owner’s manual.
The original interior is in fair condition, though remains perfectly functional as a driver. The original basketweave vinyl seats show quite a bit of wear in the upholstery as well as in the horsehair padding, though the hardware and structure of the seats are in fine order. Again if one wanted to lift the quality of the interior a notch or two, it would be a fairly simple process.
The 155 horsepower, twin carbureted 2.2 liter flat-six is in great running order and this example wears the original, matching numbers block and is also equipped with the very desirable optional 5-speed gearbox. Thanks to decades of regular expert maintenance, it returns a great drive and runs beautifully, returning excellent performance. This honest old Porsche reminds us of an old baseball glove, or a perhaps a favorite pair of broken-in shoes; in spite of looks it remains a reliable, enjoyable automobile that is more than up to the task of spirited driving. Whether you’re a driver who wants a classic 911 to enjoy without fuss, or an enthusiast seeking a car to restore to perfection, this example’s solid, sorted nature will lend itself very well to either approach.