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The 1968 Porsche 911 L
Of all the variants of the venerable Porsche 911, the L was the most luxurious and expensive version available to American customers in 1968. Produced for only one model year before it was replaced by the E, it is generally believed that fewer than 500 Ls were ever made. While many of the cars from this period were fitted with Porsche’s semiautomatic “Sportmatic” transmission, this example retains the reliable and sporting five-speed. 1968 was also the final year of the highly desirable short-wheelbase (SWB) 911s. These SWB cars have gained popularity and value in the last decade, and are a must-have for a serious Porsche collection.
This gorgeous example was originally presented in 1968 to Robert Guthrie of Cornelius, Oregon, wearing a stunning coat of deep Irish Green over an interior of rich black leather. Later changing hands to Kevin LaHaie in 1975, the vehicle remained in Oregon with all routine maintenance carried out by specialists and thoroughly documented. This included an extensive engine rebuild in 2000 by respected Porsche specialist Paul Weir and a thorough inspection and tune-up by Precision Porsche Service of Spring Grove, Illinois, in 2012, which included a full compression and leak-down test prior to the acquisition of the 911 L by the consignor, a European Porsche enthusiast.
The most unique facet of this already rare and desirable L is its fantastic original condition. This 911 still wears its original as-delivered coat of Irish Green paint, a gorgeous period color that is highly sought after by enthusiasts. With small flaws on the leading edge of the hood and bumper, the patina testifies to the L’s well-preserved journey. This originality extends to the interior, where the original black carpet still springs underfoot and the dash and other fitments show no sign of hardship during their 45 years.
While any 911 L is a purely unique chapter in the storied history of Porsche, this example in particular is a perfect showcase of period craftsmanship and design. Mechanical work has been fastidiously maintained throughout the car’s three owners, and the L is ready to attend events. With the included owner’s manual, maintenance book, service records, and tool kit, this 911 L is a 1968 time capsule sure to be welcome at vintage shows and concours where its wonderful condition is sure to stand out.