We are pleased to offer this remarkable 1968 Porsche 911L Coupe finished in Burgundy Red. Upon the introduction of the 911T as the new entry-level model in 1968, the normal 911 was renamed 911L for “Lux”. These one-year-only short-wheelbase cars came fitted with unique interior trim, gold emblems, and 911 S-type brakes. Ordered with an innovative Sportomatic transmission and rare Brown leatherette/corduroy interior, this particular 911L was first owned by Charles Elliott Trudeau, a Harvard-educated architect and brother to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister from 1968-1979. He was also the uncle of the current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. This 911L would remain under Charles’s care up until his death in 1994, when it was passed on to local friends living in Quebec who held onto the car up until recently. It had covered less than 40k miles in its lifetime before undergoing a comprehensive restoration from 2015-2018. Over 3,000 hours of labor and research were devoted to this process, and the engine was fully rebuilt by Arnold Faas, a highly reputable and factory-trained Porsche technician. Fresh from its restoration and fully documented with an original maintenance record book and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this very special 911L is now being offered for auction by its owner out of Florida.
This 911L was delivered in the rare shade of Burgundy Red (68068) and features a unique rear emblem and lettering that were reportedly installed early on by Trudeau as a personal preference. The car rides on factory 15" chrome ventilated wheels that come dressed in period-correct Vredestein Sprint Classic tires.
The multi-year restoration was undertaken by father and son Nick and Richard Grenon, whose works have been displayed at concours from Pebble Beach to Villa D’Este. Upon commencement, the drivetrain was removed and sent out to the marque experts at PortPlus before the car was completely disassembled down to the last nut and bolt. The body was then sand blasted, although only the structural areas as to not damage any panels. Repairs were made to minor corroded areas before all panels were acid-washed and pre-fitted to ensure ideal body gaps. After careful priming and block sanding, the body was treated to a two-stage paint process with multiple layers of clear coat to obtain a deep and lustrous finish. The exterior was wet sanded to a mirror shine, the engine bay was refinished in black, and the fenders were undercoated as they would have left the factory in 1968. All chrome brightwork was either replaced or refinished to as-new standards. Images from this incredible restoration process are provided in the photo gallery.
Inside, the rare Brown leatherette and corduroy interior was found by the restorers to be in great condition for its age and was subsequently left mostly untouched apart from the front seat upholstery, carpets, and dashboard pad. It is said that all new materials were sourced from suppliers known for their high quality and dedication to authenticity.
The original air-cooled 2.0L flat-six carbureted engine (#3180254) was sent to be completely rebuilt by Arnold Faas of PortPlus, a well-known and long-admired specialist in the Montreal area. It was then paired with the original 905 Sportomatic semi-auto 4-speed transmission (#3180514) that drives the rear wheels. Introduced in 1967, the Sportomatic offered manual operation with clutch-less gear changes. It was essentially a modified manual gearbox with a vacuum-operated clutch that was engaged as soon as the lever was grabbed by the driver. To shift, the driver needs only to move the lever to the desired gear and release the knob, making for an easy and fun driving experience. This 911L also came standard with the upgraded brakes from the 911S. Having been painstakingly restored to its original specifications, this 911L is a true time capsule to drive.
This sale will include the original maintenance book, a collection of historical records and restoration documents, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a clean title. Ready to be shown and driven, this outstanding 911L awaits its next caretaker.
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