Porsche 911 2,2E 901/10 Coupe by Karmann

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911 2,2E 901/10 Coupe by Karmann





The Porsche 911 is arguably the world’s most famous sports car. Launched in late 1964, by the advent of the C Series cars for 1970–1971, Porsche had refined the concept considerably. These 2.2-liter 911s were the last to be unrestricted by emissions rules in a pre-fuel-crisis world. As such, they are arguably the ultimate expression of the purist 911 and in S specification, as here, represent the most dynamic interpretation thereof.

The first Targa appeared in 1967, taking its name from The Targa Florio – the great Sicilian road race in which Porsche, in 1956, scored its first major racing success. The name denotes an open Porsche where the rollover structure not only provides enhanced chassis rigidity and safety, but is also cleverly integrated as a stylistic element of the car.

For MY 1970 the engines of all 911s were increased to 2,195 cc (2.195 L; 133.9 cu in). Power outputs were uprated to 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) in the 911T, 155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) in the 911E, and 180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) in the 911S. The 912 was discontinued, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911T as an entry model.

The 1970 model was the first time that Porsche enlarged the engine of its 911 series. Having a bore of 84 mm, the displacement increased to 2.2 liters, and, accordingly, the overall performance throughout the entire model range. With the T, which now kicked up 125 hp, the carburetor continued to be responsible for mixture preparation. Overall, many details in terms of features and specifications were further developed and matured in the 911 series.

The 2.2 L 911E was called "The secret weapon from Zuffenhausen". Despite the lower power output of the 911E compared to the 911S, the 911E was quicker in acceleration up to 160 km/h (99 mph).

911 S displays the steady improvement that Porsche imparted on its highest-performance sports car in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The wheelbase of the 911 had been extended by some 2.5 inches in 1969, providing better balance and handling, and with its engine output now increased to a potent 180 horsepower, thanks to larger valves and better breathing, a larger 225-millimeter clutch was required. Interior fittings were upgraded as well, with a new steering wheel lock and its instruments now mounted in rubber rings. Externally, new door handles of a safer design replaced the earlier pushbutton type, and the cars were delivered with full factory undercoating for the first time.

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