Porsche 911 S

Porsche 911 S

Coupé, 1972

Highlights

  • Original Viper Green
  • Extensive history file!
  • Matching Numbers

1972 Porsche 911 2.4S

Finished in original Viper Green, this Concours-winning, matching numbers 2.4S is a rare, 1972-only “side oil-fill” example.

Manufactured on the 15th February 1972 as one of just 1,430 “side oil fill-oel klappe” 911s – Confirmed as the original engine and gearbox and factory Viper Green (3838) by the Porsche CoA – Delivered new to Italy, the car remained there until 1997, subsequently UK registered on 1st September 2002 – Invoices for some £25,000 are present for a full engine and gearbox rebuild by Porsche specialists, Gantspeed Engineering Ltd. – The bare metal re-spray, in original Viper Green, was completed by Queenswell Coachworks of Forfar – The extensive history file contains invoices to the value of around £50,000 and a photographic record of the restoration – Presented to auction with some 59,600km or 36,700 miles (atoc) and an MOT valid until July 2021.

United Kingdom

Auction ended The Race Retro Live Online Auction 2021 March 27, 2021 View all lots for this auction

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In the early Seventies, Porsche were in a rich vein of competition success so it’s not surprising that the 2.4-litre 911 variants of that time are considered a reflection of that engineering prowess and only surpassed by the legendary 911 2.7 RS of 1973. Lessons learned at the circuit resulted in a number of revised settings for the new 911s mainly affecting braking and handling and amongst those were modified suspension pick-up points and the adoption of Koni dampers. Power from the 2.4-litre, fuel-injected unit had now reached 190bhp, giving a wonderful free-revving engine resulting in 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 144mph. The much more user-friendly Type 915 five-speed gearbox completed the package.In 1972 Porsche made the decision to move the position of the oil tank from behind the right rear wheel to in front of it, changing weight distribution by offsetting some of the weight of the engine, positioned like any 911 over the rear axle, and in doing so generating improvements to handling when close to the limit.

Porsche installed the oil filler flap on the right rear quarter panel but, as is common knowledge, this was frequently mistaken for the fuel filler, particularly in the US, so it was subsequently changed back for the 1973 model year.Porsche produced just 1,430 of these 1972 911s known as the “side oil fill” or “oelkappe” with this very fine example leaving the factory on the 15th February 1972. Destined for Italy, this 2.4S specified in Viper Green with a black interior stayed there until 1997, returning to Germany for a spell until it was imported and subsequently registered in the UK on the 1st September 2002. The car was entered into the Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club Concours event at Walton Hall in 2003, winning the Autobahn Best Display Porsche award and subsequently featuring on the club magazine’s front cover.

The car was treated to a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration from 2012 with a bare metal respray in the original colour of Viper Green by Queensway Coachworks of Forfar, and a photographic record contained in a CD-ROM is included in the extensive history file. The interior was refurbished, the black leatherette seats and dashboard present beautifully today, as do the dials, switchgear, carpeting and perforated headlining. The original engine and gearbox were rebuilt by renowned Porsche specialists, Gantspeed Engineering Ltd. of Lincolnshire, at a cost of some £25,000 less than 2,000 kilometres ago.

Offered to auction by a long-standing Silverstone Auctions customer, the car has been stabled alongside one of the finest collections of rare Jaguars and modern Porsches since 2016. General servicing and maintenance have been carried out regardless of use and the car was last serviced by Anthony Seddon Racing of Cheshire in 2019 at 59,559 kilometres. Hardly driven since, the odometer now shows an equivalent of some 36,700 miles at the time of cataloguing. The MOT Certificate is valid until the 7th July 2021 and is accompanied by previous MOTs, past tax discs, owner’s manual, various magazines featuring the car and its tool kit.

We love an outlandishly painted Porsche at Silverstone Auctions and a “side oil fill” 2.4S with matching numbers, extensive bills, near twenty-years of UK residency that presents this well is always a pleasure to offer to a discerning enthusiast.

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Specifications

Year of construction: 1972
Model: 911 S
Body: Coupé
Series: 911 F-Model
Mileage: 59620 mi
Power: 190 HP
Cylinder capacity: 2,4 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Green
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Vipergrün 3838
Matching Numbers: Yes
Condition: Fully restored
New/Used: Used car
Ready to drive: Yes
Country of delivery: Italy

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