1972 Porsche 911S 2.4
In 1972, all Porsche 911 variants were upgraded with the 2.4-litre, six cylinder engine and the 190 bhp 911S version featured the stronger Type 915 five-speed gearbox plus 6"x 15" alloy wheels as standard. Cosmetic changes included the addition of a small chin spoiler which improved high-speed stability.
Porsche had built 1,430 2.4-litre 911S coupes by the time production switched to the 2.7-litre model for 1974. The '2.7' was the first 911 to incorporate the large impact-absorbing bumpers, disliked by many purists for whom the '2.4' is the last 'old school' 911 and therefore all the more collectable.
This original, matching-numbers, UK-specification Porsche 911S Coupe has the external filler (ölklappe) for the engine's dry-sump oil tank, which was fitted to cars built during 1972 only. The tank had originally been positioned behind the right rear wheel but for 1972 it was moved forwards in order to improve weight distribution. The tank's hasty return to its original position and the filler's relocation to within the engine bay was prompted by the fact that service station attendants at the time often mistook it for the fuel filler! It is estimated that only 989 examples were made of this version ensuring that the ölklappe is particularly sought after by purists as 'the one to have'.
As confirmed by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity that comes with the car, this particular 911S 2.4 was sold new via Porsche Cars Great Britain on 26th May 1972 and is one of only 146 right-hand drive examples supplied to this country in 1972/73. Finished in Light Yellow (6262) with Black Leatherette and Corduroy cloth interior, the car is equipped with factory options that include electric mirror for passenger, Koni dampers front and rear, sports seats, rear screen wiper, tinted glass, power windows and an electric sliding sunroof.
A box-file full of historical paperwork documents the car's maintenance records including numerous bills and receipts from Porsche specialists such as Autofarm, Sportwagen, and GCR Central whilst MOT certificates dating back to 1977 substantiate the odometer reading of circa 149,000 miles.
In 2002 the car was owned by a dedicated Porsche collector and Porsche GB Club member who in 2005 decided to restore the car using recognised marque specialists GCR Central of South Wigston, Leicestershire who completely stripped the 911S and carried out extensive rebuilds of the engine, gearbox, suspension and brakes, whilst the bare bodyshell was sent to Sportwagen in Southend-on-Sea, Essex for expert refurbishment.
A comprehensive photographic record on CD details the 18-month restoration process which included stripping the bodyshell back to bare metal and carrying out careful repairs. Repainted to a very high standard in its original Light Yellow finish, the body was then returned to GCR Central where every component was reconditioned, restored or replaced. The restoration was finally completed in 2008. All of the restoration bills are included in the history file.
This very special Porsche 911S has covered only some 3,000 fair-weather miles since the rebuild's completion in 2008 and remains in stunning condition. Panel gaps and shut lines are as good as when the car left the factory while the paintwork has a glass-like finish. Much consideration was given to maintaining originality, with items such as the anodised window surrounds and external rear grille and badges retained. The classic interior still has its original seats, door cards, dashboard, and steering wheel apart from the fitting of new carpets.
In July this year the car was given a full and comprehensive mechanical overhaul by Autofarm who also carried out a 12,000 mile service. No expense was spared by the current owner to make sure that the car would be returned to him in optimum condition both bodily and mechanically.
The car comes with spare keys and has a current MOT certificate that expires in June 2018.
Please note this car is now sold.
Please note that this car is being curated by ourselves at our facility in West Sussex on behalf of the current owner and viewings can be arranged by appointment.
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