We typically shy away from trailered cars for our Lot Shots features, but when a track-prepped classic Porsche 911 rolls into the Summit Racing retail store lot, we gleefully make an exception.

As the large number emblazoned on its side indicates, this is a 1971 Porsche 911E. In the early 1970s, the “E” trim slotted in between the base T (Touring) and high-performance S (Super) models. The stock 911E featured an engine with an innovative mechanical fuel injection system and special hydropneumatic shocks that self-adjusted with road contours and weight shifts within the car.

While our team was snapping pictures of this rear-engined beauty, we got a chance to talk to the family who owns it.

We assumed they were heading to a track, but as it turns out they’re on a road trip to pick up a freshly-built Porsche 2.4L engine. That’s a period-correct mill and good for over 160 horsepower in stock trim—we’re guessing a race-bred motor will make considerably more than that.

The owners have had the Porsche for about a decade and, aside from this engine-out maintenance, they compete with the car often. The car has raced at a wide range of tracks across the eastern part of the country, including the famous Watkins Glen International in New York and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in nearby Mansfield, OH.

The rear decklid contains decals of the tracks this Porsche has competed on. (Image/OnAllCylinders)

In fact, they pointed towards the 911’s rear decklid and a series of track silhouette stickers. Every time they race on a new course, another decal gets added. They’re up over a dozen now, so it’s fair to say that this car is no trailer queen.

As the family jumped back into the truck, they assured us that once the engine is back in its rightful place the Porsche will be back on the track.

….and judging from their enthusiasm, we think that time will come sooner rather than later.

The Porsche wears number ’71,’ which is an homage to its model year, 1971. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
The rear seats have been removed to make way for a roll bar and some chassis braces. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
P-O-R-S-C-H-E, in case you forgot what just passed you. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
The car’s nose slips under a clever trailer framework designed to house extra tires and supplies. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
This Porsche wears the iconic ‘Fuchs’ wheels. In German, that translates to fox. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
Next time you see this car, it’ll probably be doing laps. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
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Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or roof leaks in an old Corvette ragtop. Thanks to a penchant for vintage Honda motorcycles, he spends the rest of his time fiddling with carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.