PORSCHE 911 2.4T RHD (SOLD) (1972)



Make / Model: Porsche 911

Variant: 2.4T

Colour: Silver

Year: 1972

Engine Size: 2.4

Transmission: Manual



Anyone with an enthusiasm for Porsche will know that this year the marque is celebrating its 75th anniversary. During this time, many successful models have been created from the early 356 to the dominant 919s, current 963s and of course the immortal 911.

Certainly, every Porsche enthusiast will have a favourite, but arguably the 911’s produced up until 1973 are the prettiest of them all. Technically advanced for its time, any 911 of this period was capable of showing a clean pair of heels to most cars down a twisty piece of road and unlike many of its peers, with Porsche reliability too.

Initially powered by a 2.0 flat six and then a 2.2 litre version of the same engine, these were replaced for the 1972 model year by a new 2.4-litre unit (actually 2,341cc) that had already been tried and tested in endurance racing. To handle the extra performance and torque available, a new stronger type 915 5 speed gearbox was fitted too. The most obvious external change from the 2.2-litre models, was an external oil flap (Oel Klapper) fitted in the right-hand rear wing and used to fill the centrally located tank beneath. This oil tank had been repositioned to further improve weight distribution, however, as is well documented elsewhere, it caused more than a few engine failures when errant petrol pump attendants mistakenly used this side filler to refuel the car with petrol instead of oil. Porsche reverted to putting the tank in the rear of the car for 1973, where it was originally located and filled via the engine compartment. This makes a 1972 model 911 not only more desirable for its unique appearance, but slightly sweeter handling too.

Available in three different models, T, E and S, each were visually similar with the engine power available being the main difference between the cars, as each model could be optionally specified with the same internal and external trim and equipment levels if required.

The S produced a headline grabbing 190BHP, at a lofty 6,500RPM and in sheer performance when used in anger was the quickest of the three variants, however, if more normal driving resumed, it didn’t hit peak torque until 5,200 RPM whilst this arrived in the T a full 1600 RPM lower, meaning the T was (and still is) the easier car to drive briskly on a daily basis.

Whilst the official production figure for a 911T Coupe was 1963 units in 1972, the actual number of RHD units is believed to be just 106 and today only 19 of those are still registered in the UK, making them an increasingly rare sight on our roads today.

The 911S is of course equally rare in RHD and prices accordingly reflect this rarity, with around £260,000 required today to secure a `best of breed` matching numbers example.

This example

We are pleased to offer this matching numbers RHD 1972 911T coupe for sale, that was originally completed on the 1st July 1972, and sold by Porsche Cars, Great Britain in Reading. Finished in silver metallic (code 925) with Madras blue interior (code 374) the combination it is still presented in today, it cost £4,826.88 and was fitted with several desirable factory upgrades, including the following. Electric sliding sunroof with wind deflector £145.00 (code 650) Recaro sports seats £35.00 (code 409) Headrests £18.00 (code 258) Rear wiper £35.00 (code 425) Heated rear window £13.00 (code 102) , Electric front windows (code 651) Fuchs magnesium wheels £75.00 ( code 485) front seats belts £12.50 (code 549).

Being a 72 model, it also features the desirable external oil filler and thankfully has been owned by a series of fanatical owners that have ensured bar a couple of small detail changes, the original and desirable specification has remained. In 2015 a fastidious and correct restoration was carried out by one of the very few official Porsche Classic Partners in the UK – Porsche Swindon at an extraordinary cost, with invoices from Porsche alone total over £150,000. As well as a certificate of authenticity from Porsche confirming this car’s specification, there are many period articles about the 911T which accompany the original sales literature and handbooks that were supplied with the car from new.

The only omissions from original factory specification today (which are all reversible if required) are black horn grills and black edged external lenses from a 73 model, a modern Porsche Classic radio and a new set of PMO carburettors to replace the original zenith items which were fitted at the owner’s request during the restoration at the time. The carburettors are worthy of a special mention, as they are very similar in specification to the Weber carburettors fitted to earlier S specification 911s, giving this 911T a significant boost in performance without losing the low down driveability that is part of the original cars appeal.

Our thoughts

Best of breed? Those with an eye for detail will certainly appreciate the quality of the restoration, whilst the rarity of it being a matching numbers RHD example with a very desirable factory option list must ensure it comes close. Add the carburettor upgrade which gives the car 911S heel snapping performance and the chance to keep £100,000 in your pocket by not opting for the S badge on the back, we think this is an unusual opportunity to secure a very special early 911.


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