Porsche’s iconic 911 has gone through numerous iterations over the years since its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, but it is the 2.4 litre E and F series from 1972 and 1973 that are thought of by many as the finest ‘classical’ 911s of them all.
The original 911 had a 1991cc flat-4 engine in a ‘boxer’ configuration, air-cooled and rear-mounted, and mated to the ‘901’ manual transmission. In 1966, the 911S arrived with a more powerful engine and forged magnesium Fuchs alloy wheels in a five-leaf design (so popular that they were still in use on the E series six years later).
The A series arrived in 1967 with dual brake circuits and widened wheels, and was part of a rebooted range which also included the 108 hp 911T, while the standard 911 was renamed the 911L. This latter model was, in turn, replaced by the fuel-injected B series 911E the following year.
The engine size was increased to 2.2 litres for the C and D series, but it is surely the E series, that is the pinnacle of Porsche’s sportscar programme from this era. Features included a larger 2341 cc engine, a unique oil tank with external flap between the right door and rear wheel (1972 model), and a small glass fibre under-bumper chin spoiler, which reduced front-end lift by 40%.
There was also a new ‘915’ transmission system with gears in the traditional ‘H’ formation, as well as Bosch mechanical fuel injection.
LHD, Electric front windows, Becker custom radio with iPod connectivity), Quartz clock, Through-grill driving lamps in yellow, Rear quarter ‘pop out’ windows, 85-litre tank, Tinted glass, Koni shock absorbers.
The Porsche 911 is an unmistakable shape, from todays 991 to the original 901 the heritage runs throughout the years and that is what makes this 2.4s as relevant today as it was 43 years ago. Just a glance at the timeless profile tells you everything you need to know, a truly classic motor car that spans generations.
The Sepia brown paintwork of this example catches the time period perfectly and as you’d expect from a recent ground up nut and bolt restoration the finish is excellent with all the trim and chrome work looking fresh and free of marks. The non-impact bumpers, of which help create the original 911 silhouette, are again in truly excellent condition with the front boasting the standard glass fibre chin spoiler standard on the S.
At the conclusion of the work at Autofarm the underside of the car was thoroughly protected against corrosion with clear Waxoyl. The paintwork is flawless and machine polished to perfection.
The classic dials and dash set the tone for a well designed interior focused around the driver, this has set the standard for many generations of 911s to come and is instantly recognisable. The black interior trim adds character to this example and offsets the sepia coachwork beautifully. The light perforated headlining is free from creases and stains and again sets the perfect tone for this age defining classic.
It should be noted that the accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity states that the interior was originally black leatherette with standard seats, but it has now been upgraded to the more comfortable and attractive sport seats, freshly re-trimmed in black leather. This is the only deviation from the car’s original specifications.
The Becker Europa radio has been fully restored, incorporating an auto-switching iPod connection.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The power unit of this 2.4S was fully rebuilt whilst the rest of the car was undergoing its restoration.The engine starts with ease and idles with good oil pressure from cold, warm and with revs.
Visually its clear that since restoration the car has been cared for with extreme care due to its pristine condition. Furthermore the engine benefits from a recent thorough detail and awaits pampering from it’s next custodian.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The forged aluminium “five leaf” Fuchs wheels look magnificent on the car and are one of its defining features. They present in superb condition.
The tyres are all new and in the correct Michelin XWX. All discs and pads are also new and the calipers have been fully restored to original condition.
This 2.4 S was delivered new to Porsche Paris and remained there until 2014. The second owner had sold it in November 2009 to specialist Porsche restorer Special Auto in Paris, who carried out a ‘last nut and bolt’ restoration over the next few years. The car was then marketed for sale on behalf of Special Auto by classic Porsche dealer Automobilia in Reims, from whom the third owner purchased it in June 2014. A copy of the French Carte Grise and documents showing each transfer of ownership are in the history file.
It comes with its original ‘green dot’ Bilstein jack; complete tool kit in original pouch; two matching sets of original red and black keys (all locks operate from the same key); card stamped with chassis number and key code; original leather key pouch; original tyre compressor and space saver wheel in full working order; and a maroon wallet containing the owner’s handbook (English version, original), and the Guarantee and Maintenance book.
Upon arrival in the UK in June 2014, the car was inspected by a Porsche expert, whose detailed report is on file together with large collection of photographs. It was then delivered to Autofarm for a further inspection. Between the two, all significant faults or deviations from authenticity were uncovered. Autofarm were immediately instructed to carry out whatever remedial work was necessary to ensure the car is to the correct original specification and fault-free (invoices detailing all of this work are in the history file).
Although there is little paperwork relating to the restoration works carried out on the car in France prior to it being imported to the UK in June 2014, this is more than made up for by the very comprehensive inspection report of a respected classic Porsche expert and the detailed inspection and paperwork of Autofarm, which between them document every aspect of the car, illustrated with photographs at all stages.
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