the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche unveiled its fifth prototype called the “901”. But since Peugeot held the naming rights for three-digit denominations that had a “0” in the middle, Porsche had to rename their latest rear-engined, air-cooled machine the 911. In the coming 4-years, Porsche would go on to sell more than 10,000 examples of its 911 for it to quickly become the reference for sportscars from around the world.
It was 1967 that the range was available with the same bodies (coupe and targa), and with the same 2.0-litre flat-six engine capacity that came in three different states of tune. The “S” model developed 160hp and the entry-level “T” model made a 110, while an “L” model addresses the mid-range spec with its 130 hp engine… at the same capacity of 2.0-litres.
The following year, Porsche tried to get around their car’s peculiar handling due to its engine hanging behind at the rear. The technicians of the factory modify their flagship model to increase the Porsche 911’s wheelbase by 5.8 cm – from 2.210m to 2.258m. While 5.8 cm might seem less on paper, it was enough to significantly improve the handling of the Porsche 911 without distorting the very character that makes a 911 such a driver’s delight … That same year, Porsche replaces the 911 2.0 “L” by the “E” which stood for Einspritz – injection in German.
In August 1969, the 2.0 was replaced by the 2.2-litre while continuing with the three T, E and S… which eventually gave way to the 2.4 model in 1972. While the engine was more of a 2.3 with a capacity of 2341cc, it adopted a new gearbox, the 915 which replaced the dogleg of the 901 models. The 911 2.4T will retain the Zenith carburettors, developing 130 hp, the other two models in the range being mechanical injection.
The first year of production of the 2.4 is characterised by the famous oil trap or “Ölklappe” in German, placed on the back right fender, an idea that was abandoned next year with the vintage 73 model after many were caught in confusion at petrol pumps and service shops. What you see here is a 1972 Porsche 911 2.4 T, equipped with that very oil trap, that was delivered new in France in May 1972 in this original combination of Ivory Light, black interior.
This car has the particularity to have been fully restored under the aegis of a magazine specialising in Porsche – Ferdinand. Ferdinand acquired the 911 2.4T at the end of 2013 without an engine or a gearbox, and in a deplorable state. Its restoration began in October 2013 and ended 26 months later in December 2015. The car’s reports and documents have been meticulously preserved; right through when the 911 2.4 T was being stripped naked, box sanded, and put together again with the combination of the correct motor and the exact period-correct 915 gearbox.
The cost of this project is ultimately close to 100,000 euros over the period. The restoration is of course fully documented, with the bills and the whole story in the magazine. The car has made about 2000 km since this integral restoration. It is in perfect condition of presentation and operation. We will resume 2/3 small anachronisms on the car (entourage of black headlights instead of chrome on a 72, rocker panel of previous generation) to the choice of the future owner, because these elements work well on the aesthetics of the self.
The car is visible in our premises by appointment, it will be delivered appraised by the firm Aestime. More here