Porsche 911L (A Series) ~ 1967-1968

In 1967, the 911 received its first, albeit very minor, update when the A series came along. At the same time, the range expanded. The standard car become known as the 911L (for Lux or Luxury) and sat alongside the high-performance 911S and the entry-level 911T.

All models received black (as opposed to the original polished) windscreen wipers, redesigned door handles with recessed buttons, the window frames were polished aluminium instead of plated brass, and the door mirror grew in size. The wipers, by the way, now parked to the left on left-hand-drive cars.

Inside, the wood trim on the dash was replaced by brushed aluminium and the wood-rimmed wheel went, too, in favour of a black item. The dials now had black inside of chrome bezels; which is what Butzi Porsche had originally wanted, but the marketing people had demanded a silver finish. Porsche 911L (A series) The 911L retained the 130bhp engine of the original car, with the later-type Weber carburettors. US models were fitted with air-pumps to help comply with emissions regulations (put crudely, these pumped fresh air into the exhaust gases to dilute them). These proved troublesome and many owners quickly removed them, with no adverse effects.

Brakes were the ventilated discs from the S, and the wheels increased in width to 5.5-inch, and were steel as standard, although Fuchs alloys were an option.

To comply with US regulations, a dual-circuit braking system was employed for all markets, with US cars having a dash warning light to indicate failure of either circuit.

Today, there’s little to choose between this early 911L and the original O-series cars – mechanically and bodily they are practically identical.