Reader Submissions: 1971 Porsche 911E

1971 Porsche 911E

By Petrolicious Productions
August 13, 2013

Owner: Chris Rockey

Make: Porsche 

Model: 911E 

Year: 1971 

Location: Indiana

Chris Rockey lives in Indiana near Chrysler and General Motors manufacturing plants, so his car stands out among the crowd in a town that mostly consists of Detroit Iron. Still, he gets thumbs up from other drivers and lots of questions about the car whenever he stops for gasoline. He says it runs great and drives it two or three times a week during the summer and he’d drive it daily if Midwest rain and snow didn’t prohibit it.

Chris bought the car a few years ago needing minor work. Leaving the paint and suspension work to professionals, Chris himself restored the interior, including those fab plaid tartan seat inserts. The paint was changed from a rather loud orange and grey with Martini stripes to the more subtle light ivory. The 2.2-liter powertrain is stock save for the fuel system; Weber carbs replaced fuel injection, which Chris thinks is easier to tune.

One of his favorite things to do with the car is take his 2-year-old daughter Nadia for rides. She has a car seat that fits in the small cockpit, which Chris secures to the roll bar. In the rare instance that they see another 911 on the road, she always recognizes the other car and yells, “Porsche!”

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Photography by Chris Rockey

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Anders Holmberg
Anders Holmberg(@f1superswede)
8 years ago

Beautifully done longhood!

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman(@fb_1293493178)
8 years ago

simply gorgeous

gorgeously simple makes for the best 911s.

Alec DeJovani
Alec DeJovani(@250berlinetta)
8 years ago

Lovely car, especially the interior, which seems very Magnus Walker-inspired to me. Hopefully we can expect a video of it some time soon…?

Jeff Pelszynski
Jeff Pelszynski(@tigerhorse)
8 years ago

Beautiful car. This reminds me of my when my son was very young (30 years ago) and we owned a 68 911. His car seat fit perfectly in one of the rear jump seats. The sound of that flat six right behind him was the best thing to settle him down when he was fussy – and it gave dad a good excuse to take a drive…

Stephan Protzen
Stephan Protzen(@alfettaracer)
8 years ago

Great article. Perhaps if he has another child in the future he will face the same dilemma I did. I had to buy a 2+2 so both kids could go.

Kingshuk Mukherjee
Kingshuk Mukherjee(@fb_100001914397829)
8 years ago

Beautiful car, and that picture with father and daughter ought to be framed. You are one cool dad.

Jon Atkinson
Jon Atkinson(@jdatkinson)
8 years ago

Car looks great, very well done!

Christian Evans
Christian Evans(@fb_1049158363)
8 years ago

Is it weird that this article gets me almost as excited to be a dad as the first ultrasound did?