Through the 60s and 70s, Porsche used their motorsport experience to improve the road cars they were producing and for the 1972 model year, some significant changes were made to increase performance and handling. The flat-six engine capacity was increased from 2195cc to 2341cc, and in the S model, this gave 190BHP with a top speed of 144mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 6.5 seconds.
This increased top speed necessitated the fitment of a front valence spoiler, to reduce front end lift and modifications to the rear suspension to improve stability.
The previous dog leg gearbox was replaced with a new stronger 915 unit, with the casing made from magnesium to reduce weight.
From experience gained on the circuit, it also featured a new oil tank located in front of the rear wheel, instead of behind, again to improve high-speed stability. The filler was moved from the rear of the car to the right-hand rear wing, and it was now possible to check/ top up the oil without going into the engine bay, by opening this external `oel klappe`. However, it also presented a problem with less knowledgeable service station attendants, who made the mistake of using it to fill the car with fuel. This obviously caused some expensive engine failures, and the oil tank was moved back to its original position for the 73 F series cars. Also, in September 1973, the 911 received new impact shock-absorbing bumpers to comply with US safety regulations, which some feel changed the delicate charm of the original 911 forever.
Chassis number 9112300040 was delivered to its first owner Rob Walker Ltd of Corsley Wiltshire on the 8th November 1971 and finished in lime green (226) with black interior, the combination it is presented in today. Like many cars of this era, in the 80s it received a colour change to silver and then again to red in the 90s as fashion dictated its fate.
It was acquired by a Mr Ames in May 2003 who owned it for the following 15 years and it is clear, that during his ownership ‘9112300040’ was lovingly cared for, with detailed invoices on file. It was the subject of full-body restoration in 2006 by the highly respected Bruce Cooper of Sportwagen and finished in the correct original lime green hue, with pictures and details in the history file detailing the work carried out.
Another highly respected name ‘Jaz’ carried out the mechanical side of things, using factory parts where possible. The details of this work are documented in the history file, where there are invoices totalling £35,000 just for labour before parts. This also included a gearbox rebuild and the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the later stronger gear lever tower now fitted.
The car was acquired by its current keeper in March 2018 and has since received an engine rebuild and new clutch in January 2019. The car also received a full geometry set up at the same time.
On the road, this 2.4S performs just as it should feeling, light, responsive and beautifully communicative at the helm, while the Southbound restored Recaro sports seats hold you firmly in place.
An increasingly rare opportunity, to acquire a very early RHD matching numbers 2.4S Coupe, presented in excellent condition and ready to be enjoyed as Porsche intended.