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1971 Porsche 911 2.4 S

Lot No.: 324

Registration: WMW 3K
Chassis Number: 9112300040
Engine Number: 6320079
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2400
Year of Manufacture: 1971
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • One of the first (1972 Model Year) 2.4-litre, 'side oil fill' cars in right-hand drive
  • The 'S' was fitted with the final development of the free-revving 2.4 litre, type 911/53 engine producing 190bhp
  • Delightfully restored with a great history file detailing much care and attention over the years
  • Rare and desirable especially in right-hand drive and Lime Green - one for the true collector 

 

The 1972 'S' was fitted with the final development of the free-revving 2.4-litre, type 911/53 engine producing 190bhp, resulting in 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 144 mph. It also benefited from a revision to the suspension pick-up points and the introduction of Koni dampers, plus the transmission was enhanced with the addition of the new 908 race car-derived 915 gearbox, which was stronger and offered an improved gear change. The 'aero' package was improved by fitting a front valance spoiler which reduced front-end lift. Today, the 1972 and '73 models represent the last year of lightweight cars before the advent of impact bumpers and, for many purists, the 2.4 is the last 'old-school' 911 and therefore all the more collectable.

For just one year of production in 1972, in an attempt to move as much weight as possible towards the centre of the car, the oil tank was repositioned inboard of the right rear wheel arch, resulting in the introduction of an external oil filler cap on the right-hand side rear wing behind a flap ('Oel Klappe'). The propensity for petrol station attendants to fill the oil tank with fuel, and the resulting warranty claims, quickly persuaded Porsche to change the design and 1972 'Oel Klappe' cars became difficult to sell, possibly resulting in their comparative scarcity today. As is often the case, that rarity has resulted in the 'Oel Klappe' cars now being the most desirable.

The previous owner of this lovely, right-hand drive, early 'side oil filler' purchased the car in 2003 and owned it for the following 15 years. Going through the detailed history file it is clear that, during his ownership, '9112300040' was lovingly cared for and indeed was the recipient of a restoration in recent times. 'Sportwagon' were commissioned to rebuild the bodywork with a number of panels replaced and there are pictures and details in the history file detailing the work carried out. Specialists 'Jaz' carried out the mechanical side of things, using factory parts where possible. The car now looks superb in its coat of Lime Green (137) with black corduroy seating. The details of all this work can be seen in the aforementioned history file where there are invoices totalling £35,000 just for labour (before parts) and the results speak for themselves.

Supplied new on the 5th November 1971 and now on offer from a significant private collection, this 2.4 S firmly ticks the boxes in terms of rarity and exceptional condition. Offered at a competitive guide price, this true collector's item is sure to bring its next owner many miles of joy and happiness.