On this episode of The Pacenotes, we cover the differences between Longhood 911 models. Porsche 911's can have small quirks that make big differences in both cost and performance.


Early 911 Models & Trim Levels

911 (MY 1965-67)

0 Series

  • Carbureted (Solex 65-66, Weber 67+) 2.0L motor (130hp)
  • Bumpers with chrome-plated bumper guards (rubber pads added in 1967)
  • Chrome plated grill on rear deck lid
  • Chrome plated horn grills (4 screws 64-65, 2 screw 66+)
  • Round chrome-plated Durant mirrors (small)
  • Narrow deco trim
  • Gold colored Porsche logo 
  • Gold 911 emblem, slanted; centered and straight on 66+ 
  • Wiper blades rest on passenger side
  • Vented door wing windows
  • Green lettering/numbers on gauges
  • Targa: brushed steel roll-over bar, removable soft top, foldable plastic window

911 S (MY 1967-73)

Due to various engine modifications, the sports version of the 911 initially had a power output of 160hp, ultimately increasing to 190 hp. In addition to superior equipment, the S model was the first 911 to be given Fuch forged aluminum alloy rims with their distinctive 5-spoke design and vented brake discs.

0/A Series (67-68)

  • Wide deco trim, aluminum rocker trim
  • Gold colored Porsche and model emblems, centered and straight 
  • Wiper blades rest on driver side (68+)
  • White lettering/numbers on gauges (68+)
  • 7,200 RPM tachometer
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Weber IDS carburetors
  • 4.5x15 Fuchs in 1967, 5.5x15 Fuchs in 1968

911 T (MY 1968-73)

The "Touring" version became the new entry-level model in the 911 family, initially developing 110 hp and later 130 hp. Its equipment matched that of the four-cylinder 912 model. One of the ways in which it could be distinguished from more powerful models was the fact that it had a silver rather than a gold logo.

911 L (MY 1968)

With the introduction of the T version as the new standard model, with a less powerful engine and 4-speed manual transmission, the previous 911 was renamed the 911 L. The engine remained unchanged, however the model featured the trim of the S models.

911 E (MY 1969-73) 

The existing 2.0-litre engines entered their final year of construction in MY 1969 and were replaced by new 2.2-litre engines. The L version was renamed the 911 E (Einspritzung) following the introduction of the new generation of fuel injected engines and delivered power outputs of between 140 hp and 165 hp.

A/B Series (68-69)

  • Bumpers with chrome-plated bumper guards and rubber pads
  • Eliminated front bumper weights
  • Chrome plated grill on rear deck lid
  • Chrome plated horn grills 
  • Round chrome-plated Durant mirrors (large)
  • Narrow deco trim
  • Porsche and 911 emblems, centered and straight (silver for T, gold for E and S)
  • White lettering/numbers on gauges
  • Wiper blades rest on driver side
  • 6x15 Fuch wheels and alloy front calipers on S models
  • Targa: brushed steel roll-over bar with vents , removable soft top, foldable plastic window (fixed safety glass window in 69)

C/D Series (1970-71)

  • Door handles feature trigger lever versus push button
  • Carbureted (Zenith) 2.2L motor (123hp)

E Series (1972)

  • MFI fuel injection (now standard on all US models) 2.4L motor
  • 915 transmission with “H pattern”
  • Removal of front bumper guards
  • Split chin front bumpers on S models
  • Black anodized grill on rear deck lid with chrome “2.4” emblem
  • Black anodized Porsche and 911 emblems
  • External oil filler

F Series (1973)

  • US cars equipped with K-Jetronic/CIS (Continuous FI) halfway through MY 73
  • Black plastic horn grills
  • Black plastic grill on rear deck lid
  • Rectangular (flag) side mirrors
  • Front and rear rubber bumperettes
  • 6x15 ATS alloy “cookie cutter” wheels replace steel wheels
  • Split chin front bumper on E models
  • Small plastic front spoiler on S models

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