1972 Porsche 911 2.4T Targa
Chassis Number: 9112111343
Registration Number: TBA
Recorded Mileage: TBA
- Desirable outside oil filler cap
- Matching numbers chassis/engine
The long-hood era for the Porsche 911 was a time of considerable change. Conceived as a sportscar, built much like the outgoing 356 it replaced, it developed over the years a flair and style that served to define the brand for years to come. The search for the 356's replacement began in 1959. Porsche, seeking a much more powerful, larger, and more comfortable replacement, debuted the prototype 901 in September of 1963 at the Frankfurt Motorshow with production beginning a year later in 1964 alongside the last of the 356s. The model range expanded in 1967 with the addition of the 'S' model marking the beginning of the 911 as a genuine performance car, meeting requisites on both road and racetrack. Nineteen sixty-eight marked the beginnings of government influence on automobile design and emissions - later in 1969, the wheelbase was lengthened, and weight more evenly distributed throughout the chassis. By now the model range included three versions: T, E & S - the latter two equipped with a mechanical injection system. All were now powered by a motor displacing 2.0-liters. From 1970 into 1971 with the 912 dropped and the 914 picking up as the introductory car, displacement further enlarged to 2.2-liters.
Porsche delivered the 911 with a larger 2.4-litre engine and a bigger 70.4 mm stroke from August 1971, adding more power to all models and creating a punchier torque. At the same time, though, Porsche introduced an ominous flap on the rear fender. Intended for oil, it was not unusual for drivers to mistake it with the fuel flap, which in turn ensured steady business in the Porsche garages. Originally meant as an extra service, this feature was withdrawn after just one year, making the “oil flap” a rare and coveted item.
This desirable 1972 911T resided in Florida in long-term ownership before being imported into the UK in the last few years by a private collector. The 1972 model year is notable for its outside oil-filler (Olklappe) feature, now prized amongst Porsche aficionados. Originally specified in Silver Metallic (80) with a black leatherette interior, this Targa model benefits from the more powerful 140bhp engine as fitted to North American market cars, mated to the 4-speed Sportomatic gearbox. Further factory options include Air-Conditioning, Fuchs wheels, Comfort Equipment, Retractable Aerial, Pirelli Tyres, Tinted Glass, also Front and Rear Stabilizers bars. At some point in the distant past the 911 was painted in red, although we did find traces of the original silver paint on the car.
Offered as a full restoration project, on first inspection the 911 will need some replacement outer panels, front and rear floors, sills and kidney bowls, and repairs to the front trunk area, in addition to a full mechanical rebuild. Sold on a bill of sale with a copy of the US title and with UK taxes paid, this no doubt offers the perfect challenge for the keen Porsche restorer.