The 1972–1973 model years consisted of the same models of 911— the entry level T, the midrange E and the top of the line S.
The 911E and 911S used mechanical fuel injection (MFI) in all markets. The 911T was carbureted, except in the US where it also used MFI, which accounts for the 9 hp power difference between the two.
In 1972 a tremendous effort was made to improve the handling of the 911. Due to the 911′s unusual engine placement (rear-mounted, with most of the vehicle’s weight concentrated over the rear axle) early 911′s were prone to oversteer when driven at the limit, and could easily spin in the hands of an inexperienced driver. In an attempt to remedy this, Porsche relocated the oil tank from its position behind the right rear wheel to in front of it. This had the effect of moving the weight of almost 8.5 l (9 US quarts) of oil from outside the wheelbase to inside, improving weight distribution and thus, handling. To facilitate filling of the oil tank, Porsche installed an oil filler door (much like the fuel filler door on the left front fender) on the right rear quarter panel.
Unfortunately, this unique design was scrapped after only one year, some say because inattentive gas station attendants were putting gas in the oil tank. The oil tank was subsequently moved back to its original position for model year 1973, and remained there until it was moved back within the wheelbase for the 964 models.
Compared with a standard 911 T, the Carrera 2.7 RS had a larger engine (2687 cc) developing 210 hp with MFI, revised and stiffened suspension, a “ducktail” rear spoiler, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and rear wings.
Original restored 2.7 RS 380mm Wheel, Original Porsche Recaro seats, Restored 2.7 RS dials, Southbound rear seat covers, Blaupunkt Frankfurt Radio, NOS 2.7 Crank, Restored 2.7 Spec Cylinder heads, 2.7 RS Cams, RS Mahle pistons, RS spec refurbed MFi pump, RS TB’s and stacks, Fully rebuilt RS correct ratio Gearbox, Restored original Fuchs 7 + 8 x 15
Finished in a stunning and suitably period Viper Green with black decals, this RS inspired ’72 T spec is in superb cosmetic order having recently emerged from a comprehensive 7 year restoration by Porsche specialist 911 Cars. A great deal of love and care has been invested with total strip down, new panels, subsequent alignment and bare metal paint encompassing this zero mile reset. In true RS spirit the car retains a suitable balance of Touring and performance capability.
As such, the car is as pretty in the flesh as the studio photography suggests with superb panel fit and finish.
The cabin environment is an exercise in period detail with many new and restored parts complimenting a fantastic build spec. Original Recaro front seats, a restored 380mm RS wheel and original Blaupunkt radio stand out as the highlights with new carpet, mats and rear seat covers rounding up a focused interior space. A new headlining, dash top and knee protector further confirm the commitment to total as new specification.
Instrumentation and switch gear is clean, crisp and fully operational.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
As with the rest of this incredible 911, the 2.7-litre flat six engine was specified with no regard to cost. A low mileage RS crankcase was sourced along with a new old stock Crank, new Mahle pistons / barrels / piston rings, RS cams and fully refurbished Throttle bodies and stacks. A fully refurbished RS spec MFI pump, fuel pump and Distributor complete the extensive overhaul.
The drivetrain has also been treated to a reset as per RS specification; a fully rebuilt correct spec set of ratios sit alongside new synchros and gear set with RS crown and pinion.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The restored Original 7 & 8 x 15 Fuchs look resplendent in their chrome finish to match the sill strips, wrapped in as new period Avon ZZ rubber. A set of Porsche original wheel centre caps are a fitting final detail.
The entire braking system, as well as pedal box, has been replaced / restored and functions as it should with excellent pedal feel and performance.
Starting life in the States back in ’72, this 911 T was imported in 2006 and enjoyed a dedicated rebuild to RS specification over a number of years here in the UK.
A crib sheet of the total restoration sits alongside a 30 page photo album documenting the level of work and craftsmanship involved with this unique project. There are conflicting outlooks on which vehicles best suit the donor for such projects. In this case a ’72 car works beautifully for an RS tribute; constructed and finished with utmost care and attention.
The bookpack with owners manual and spare key are present in the history file.
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