1970 Porsche 911E Coupe Mitchell Brothers

The below taken from the article by the Petrolicious team

The Ideal Early 911

Dubbed “The Secret Weapon from Zuffenhausen,” the 1970 Porsche 911E was the quickest model in their product offering at the time. Ironically, the E was introduced as the successor for the 911L as a “luxury” model with a new 2.2 liter engine, and intended to be a more usable option positioned between the 911T and 911S (Touring and Sport, respectively). Ventilated brake disks coupled with aluminum calipers and the first iteration of the longer wheelbase provide honest driving feedback, supporting the popular notion that the E boasts superior road holding to its sister T and S models. By replacing the Weber carbs with Bosch mechanical fuel injection the 911 “Einspritzung”, German for injection, delivers 158 BHP and is most thoroughly enjoyed in the low range where the torque band is plentiful.

What’s so special about this 911?

This particular Porsche has an eccentric connection to the porn industry. Yes, porn. James Mitchell of the infamous Mitchell brothers, treated himself to this very 911 on December 24th, 1969 from Carlsen Porsche in the San Francisco Bay Area. His purchase was likely due to the highly successful opening of the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre, a dual purpose film studio and adult cinema built in a former Pontiac dealership, it had opened on July 4th 1969, one wonders if Mitchell paid for the ‘E” with one dollar bills! Considered pioneers of adult entertainment, the Mitchell brothers most famous production was “Behind the Green Door”, a film which went on exhibition at the Cannes Film Festival and impressively grossed $25 million on a $65,000 budget. The movie turned its lead actress, Marilyn Chambers, into a controversial overnight star as pornography was a steep contrast to her previous gig as the cover model for Procter & Gamble’s wholesome “Ivory Soap”  household brand. The making of “Behind the Green Door” was the plot and focus of the 90’s movie “Rated X”, where Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez portrayed the Mitchell Bros.

Some critics argue the Mitchell brothers brought an artistic and storytelling element to their rather linear discipline because their filmmaking heralded the arrival of “Porn Chic.” Controversial figures, but also highly social, the Mitchell brothers held court in San Francisco with a compendium of stars and political figures, among them ex-mayor Willie Brown, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson, Aerosmith, and former Black Panther Huey “Doc” Newton.

In the later part of 1970 the ‘E” was sold and a local newspaper profiled the second owner’s purchase experience with Mitchell, noting the car was collecting dust on a soundstage in South San Francisco when he came to scope out his potential purchase, Legend has it the car may have been featured in a production of the Mitchell brothers. The 911 had spent about a year and 4,000 miles with the porn tycoon before being purchased by Jay Milligan, a Mountain View City Administrator who kept the car for the next fourteen years ( you can see Jay in some of the pictures from the 70’s in the listing)  Quite the career change one might say. In the article written about Jay’s experience, he mentions noticing the Porsche had some injuries from customs agents who had inspected the car for drugs at the Mexican border, alluding to some of the adventures this car might have had. When Jay purchased the car he found notes from Mitchell’s secretary in the glove box reminding him of warrants for his arrest, along with various police inquiries. This was the transition of the Swinging Sixties to the seventies after all.

A Sympathetic Nuts-and-Bolts Restoration by  Exact 10

This is vehicle 244 of only 677 Karmann bodied Coupes out of a total 2,904 911E’s manufactured in 1970, and has spent its entire life on the West Coast. Fitted with the comfort package, the car includes features such as the alloy front brake package of the 911S, velour carpeting, leather steering wheel and alloy rocker trims. This car, part of Porsche’s first generation of long wheelbase 911s, is a numbers-matching 2.2-liter model that comes with full documentation (including a Porsche Heritage Certificate), the original tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, and wallet. Outside, the car still sports its original 14-inch Fuchs alloy wheels in their factory anodized finish and with original weights. The front tires and spare are all Michelin XAS and are believed to be the tires on which this car was originally supplied.

Given the car’s superb, rust-free condition prior to restoration, the team at Exact 10 Motors in Pleasanton, California aimed to keep the car as original as possible. Before any work was done, the entire car was dismantled and cleaned thoroughly including the floor pans which were scrubbed from underneath to show their original color. As a testament to wonders of Nevada’s dry air, many of this car’s fittings retain their factory plating.

The underpinnings have of course been entirely refreshed, and with meticulous attention to detail: all bolts and fittings have been zinc or cadmium plated; the hoses replaced; all bearings and rubber bushings have been replaced, the suspension components have been powder coated. The optioned hydropneumatic struts have since been upgraded to improve handling, which has been a common modification to E’s since new.

With no history or evidence of accidents, the underside retains its original factory finish and the floor pans are dent-free and still sport the Porsche protective “shutz” (shield). The exterior was stripped and repainted in its correct hue of Tangerine, or “Blut Orange.” The body trim, chrome, glass, rubber, lights, and the original Hirschmann antenna are all in excellent condition, with every component being refurbished as necessary. The US-spec “sugar scoop” headlamps were updated with new European style H1s.

The interior, which remains almost entirely original, was completely disassembled for detailing, with each piece brought back to showroom condition. The carpet and dealer-fitted coconut overmats, which had faded over the years, are immaculate after being re-dyed to the original black. Other interior pieces include a new headliner and dash top, the period correct Blaupunkt radio, however, still plays through the original in-dash speakers.

Photographer here by Gil Folkes, all pics are available for framing, please contact us should you require some wall art!

Featured in two online magazines checkout the articles here on Petrolicious in the USA

And here on Classic Driver in Europe

You can check out photos of the complete restoration process here.

Unused Toolkit, Jack, Original Service Book,  Manual & Wallet

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