What about the 911L?

Total 911 - - F-series T V E V S -

The T name en­dured from 1968 un­til 1973, when it was re­placed by the G-se­ries car sim­ply des­ig­nated 911. The S was in pro­duc­tion a lit­tle longer, from 1967 to 1977, un­til it was re­placed by the SC. The 911L, how­ever, lasted for only one model year: 1967 to 1968.

Like many cars of its era, the L was es­sen­tially a re­sponse to US emis­sions leg­is­la­tion. With the S un­able to meet new stan­dards, Porsche used air pumps to detox­ify ex­haust gases from the 2.0-litre engine. Dual-cir­cuit brakes – another re­quire­ment for the US mar­ket – were fit­ted, in this case the ven­ti­lated discs from the S.

The L also matched the now Europe­only S when it came to stan­dard equip­ment, al­beit with some de­tail dif­fer­ences. Ex­te­rior tweaks were lim­ited to push-but­ton door han­dles and pol­ished alu­minium win­dow sur­rounds, while in­side Porsche ditched the wood dash­board trim and added black bezels for the gauges. Us-spec cars also have side marker lights: orange at the front and red at the rear.

Buy­ers could choose from Coupe or Targa body styles (the lat­ter with a re­mov­able plas­tic rear win­dow, fixed glass was op­tional), plus man­ual or Spor­tomatic gear­boxes. A small num­ber of spe­cial-or­der light­weight 911Ls were also built for rac­ing.

Just 1,603 ex­am­ples of the L left Zuf­fen­hausen be­fore its re­place­ment, the 911E, ar­rived in 1969. This swapped We­ber car­bu­ret­tors for Bosch me­chan­i­cal fuel in­jec­tion, boost­ing power by 10hp to 140hp. Weight was also cut by 60kg, shav­ing the 0-60mph time from 8.4sec to 7.6sec. The E des­ig­na­tion lasted un­til 1973.

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