We are pleased to present this 1968 Porsche 911L (Luxe). Purchased by the seller approximately 30 years ago, this 911 was professionally refinished in eye-catching Signal Red and received a heavily upgraded 2.2L flat-six engine. Being the last year of the first generation short wheelbase 911, this rare 1968 example is one of only 499 examples built for the US and is now being offered for auction in turn-key condition.
This 911 was stripped down to bare metal prior to undergoing a full glass-out professional respray in the eye-catching color of Signal Red in 2015. During the initial restoration in the 1980s, sheet metal was replaced in the front floor pan, inner and outer rockers, rear torsion tube, doors and fenders. The paint shows to be lustrous and all panel gaps are noted to be uniform; detailed images can be found within the photo gallery and outline just a few minor imperfections. A previous owner replaced the center nose section of the car between the headlights and back to the fuel tank with components sourced from a 1966 model. Noteworthy features include a fiberglass 911 S-style front bumper that was refinished in Signal Red with wide deco trim and factory 15x 5 1/2 Fuchs wheels which have been professionally refinished are currently dressed in 2-year old Dunlop Signature tube tires.
The black interior of this 911 has been completely refurbished in black vinyl with a black leather-covered dashboard. At the time of this work, new headrests and seat covers were installed, door panels from a 1967 911 S were fitted with flush mounted speakers and grill cloth, and the gauges were sent to North Hollywood Speedometer to be restored. Modifications include a retrofitted A/C system, an added factory electric sunroof, and a Momo competition steering wheel. This 911 also features a period-correct Blaupunkt radio with an upgraded USB port. All gauges, electrical components and accessories are reported to be fully functional.
Although the odometer is fully operational showing 58,895 miles, there is a mileage discrepancy noted on the vehicle’s title. The seller claims to have added approximately 11k miles in 30 years of ownership.
This 911 carries a type 901/14 flat-six engine that boasts an increased displacement of 2.2L. The rear wheels are driven by way of an original rebuilt 5-speed manual transmission, making for a visceral and connected driving experience. In 2000, the engine was rebuilt with new bearings, gaskets, rod bolts, and oil-fed chain tensioners. The heads are from a 2.4L 911 T and the cylinders and pistons are from a 911E. Other notable upgrades include MSD 6A ignition, a rebuilt JWE distributor, Weber carburetors and water shield air cleaners.
Koni shocks are paired to front torsion bars which the seller has adjusted for a lowered ride height. A full-sized muffler has been installed and modified with a right-side exhaust tip to mirror the stock left side muffler.
A compression test was conducted in 2017 which yielded readings between 130-137 psi throughout all 6 cylinders. Around this time, the front main seal, intermediate shaft cover gasket and camshaft bearing seals were replaced. 930 lower valve covers and the stock upper valve covers were machined flat and all corresponding gaskets were replaced. The seller confirms that a new battery has been installed, sunroof seals have been replaced and that both carburetors have been cleaned and adjusted. Detailed invoices and service records are available in the photo gallery. This 911 is said to remain in excellent running order.
The sale of this 1968 911 will include two sets of keys, comprehensive service records and invoices, the original front bumper, a clear title and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. If you have always wanted a truly capable and well-presented vintage 911, this beautifully executed and tastefully enhanced 1968 911L makes the perfect choice.