2021 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1971 Porsche 911E 2.2 'Sportomatic' Coupe
|2.2 litre six-cylinder
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It is hard to believe the 911 was launched almost six decades ago. At the time of its 1963 introduction the latest Porsche sports car was hailed as a masterpiece and has since become an enduring motoring icon. Though it retained the rear-engined layout of its 356 predecessors, the air-cooled, horizontally opposed engine now had six cylinders rather than four and the rest of the 911 was entirely new. With monocoque construction and timeless styling, the 911 has become the most widely recognised sports car shapes ever created. In 1968 the 'B' series 911 was introduced and with it came a slightly increased (by 560mm) wheelbase - the first real measure to curb the 911's notorious (at the time) tail swinging, on-the-limit handling. With this change also came a capacity increase to 2195cc across the board and the introduction of the mid-level 911 E model which was to become its most popular for a time. Outputs for each model’s state of tune was 93kW for the base-model T, 116kW for the E and 134kW for the S. A subsequent move to 2.4 was the first of many over the 911’s lifetime, as were various specification and equipment improvements which could be described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary, until the switch to water-cooled engines in 1998.