Lot 240 - 1971 Porsche 911T Restoration
|Odometer reading||11,700 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £37,520|
The original Porsche 911, with its famous, distinctive and durable design was introduced in the Autumn of 1963 and built until 1989. Mechanically, the 911 was notable for being rear engined and air-cooled. From its inception, the 911 was modified both by private racing teams and the Porsche factory itself for racing, rallying and other types of automotive competition. The original 911 series is often cited as the most successful competition car ever, especially when its variations are included; mainly the powerful 911-derived 935 which won 24 Hours du Mans and other major sports cars races. The 1972-1973 models all got a new, larger 2341cc engine. This is universally known as the '2.4L' engine, despite its displacement being closer to 2.3 litres; perhaps to emphasize the increase over the 2.2 litre engine. The new power ratings were 130hp for the T, 165hp for the E and 190hp for the S.
In March of last year, all Porsche main dealers received an invitation from Porsche GB in Reading. The challenge was to source an original air-cooled car, strip it, restore it and present it, fully restored, at the Classic Car Show at the Birmingham NEC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production of the flagship car, the 911. After much soul-searching and time spent in the small ads and on various well-known internet based auction websites, Porsche Centre Brooklands found and bought two cars - a 911 Carrera Targa and this 911T. Eventually the Carrera received the treatment from the fastidious workshops whilst the T was 'rested' - the reasoning being that the Carrera was thought to be a more viable project given the time frame allowed. The overall condition of the 911T reflects the time spent unused - over the last 28 years just two owners are recorded with the last valid tax disc showing 1988. The panels, in their original Viper Green, will need repair or replacement; however, the interior is complete and in reasonably good condition, it even has the correct (and extremely hard to find) steering wheel. The matching engine rotates and shows good oil pressure but does not fire as it is missing its distributor. The car, overall, requires a full restoration but the important question to ask is, how often do opportunities like this come along? A complete and original 911T, ready for restoration and most certainly worth it.
Interested parties should note that a video exists showing the engine cranking, during which it was observed that the oil pressure light went out indicating good pressure.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.