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Within the first five years of Porsche 911 production, the company saw international success from both competition and marketing perspectives. With countless victories at motor sport events of every variety, Porsche further dominated the sports car scene of the late 1960s with numerous appealing offerings for prospective clients. Available in both Targa and Coupe derivations, the 911 was also offered with T, E, or S specifications.
This particular 911 2.0 T represents a truly honest example of the early 911. First invoiced through Volkswagen of America to Emery Volkswagen in St. Petersburg, Florida, the 911 T was sold new to its first owner, Richard P. Gross of Clearwater, on July 5, 1969. The 911 was finished in light ivory with black leatherette and sported a set of Pirelli tires and a Becker Grand Prix radio. The original invoice for the car further documents the installation of air-conditioning when new, an incredibly rare option on early 911s.
Mr. Gross enjoyed his sporting new Porsche along Florida’s Gulf Coast before selling the car in late February 1975 to St. Petersburg resident Terry J. Clarke. Mr. Clarke used the Porsche sparingly and took fantastic care of it over his roughly three decades of ownership. On July 4, 2004, the 911 passed to Allan Carlisle of Jupiter, Florida, before being sold again to Joseph M. Keating in November 2007.
In July 2008, the 911 was purchased by the current owner, a Southern California Porsche hobbyist. With just over 90,000 original miles the 911 was found to be in wonderful original condition. The interior remained like new and the car had seen only minimal but necessary paintwork. Upon arrival in California, the Porsche received a thorough mechanical tuning at the sum of over $5,000.
In recognition of Porsche period success at international rallye events, the decision was also made to tastefully and carefully give the car an authentic rallye appearance. Holding to period standards and using correct accessories wherever possible, the 911 was fitted with yellow tint headlamps, front driving lights, a rear fog light, a plate from the International ADAC Veteranen Rallye, and, perhaps of greatest rarity, a set of original Porsche rear mud flaps. The interior was upgraded with the correct style lightweight racing bucket seats and S-T type door panels. The end result was accurate and attractive. The original seats, door panels, hubcaps, and exhaust accompany the car, should a successful buyer wish to bring the car back to original configuration in the future.
The car has continued to see careful use and regular maintenance, showing approximately 95,000 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging. Complete with its original books and tools, a period brochure, Road & Track magazine, the original sales invoice, copies of ownership documents since new, and the more recent service receipts, this Porsche is quite complete. Beautifully dressed to authentic rallye specification, this very pure 911 makes for a truly enjoyable and event-eligible classic.