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.