1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102
Lot 117
1972 Porsche 911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa
Sold for € 195,500 (US$ 225,567) inc. premium

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1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102 1972 Porsche  911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa   Chassis no. 9112310826 Engine no. 6322102
1972 Porsche 911S 2.4-Litre 'Oelklappe' Targa
Chassis no. 9112310826
Engine no. 6322102
• Rare 'oelklappe' model in the most powerful and desirable version
• Delivered new to Italy
• Matching numbers, matching colours

'In these cars we see the fruits of all the development effort to produce an unmatched high performance sports car. The classic mainstream production 911 is a 2.4.' - Peter Morgan, 'Original Porsche 911'.

A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356 that had secured the fledgling company's reputation as producer of some the world's finest sporting cars. The iconic 911 would take this reputation to an even more exulted level on both the road and racetrack.

The 356's rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3.0 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower. The first of countless upgrades came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph. A lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911's sometimes wayward handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements, to 2.2 litres, in which form it produced 180bhp on Bosch mechanical fuel injection when installed in the top-of-the-range 'S' model.

All 911 variants received the 2.4-litre (actually 2,341cc) unit for 1972, by which time the 911S featured the stronger Type 915 five-speed gearbox and 6"x15" alloy wheels as standard. Porsche had already tried a 2.4-litre engine in endurance racing, the stretch being achieved by lengthening the stroke, but the impetus for the larger unit's introduction came from the USA's ever more stringent emissions laws. Not sold in the USA, the 911S produced 190bhp, some 40 horsepower more than was on offer to American customers. The most obvious external change from the 2.2-litre models was the addition of a small chin spoiler, adopted to improve high-speed stability.

Porsche had built 1,430 2.4-litre 911S coupés by the time production switched to the 2.7-litre model for 1974. The '2.7' was the first 911 to incorporate the large impact-absorbing bumpers, disliked by many purists for whom the '2.4' is the last 'old school' 911 and therefor all the more collectible.

This original, European-specification Porsche 911S Targa has the external filler ('oelklappe') for the engine's dry-sump oil tank, which was fitted to cars built during 1972 only. Hitherto, the tank had been positioned behind the right rear wheel but for '72 it was moved forwards in order to improve weight distribution. The tank's hasty return to its original position and the filler's relocation to within the engine bay was prompted by the fact that service station attendants often mistook it for the fuel filler! It is estimated that only 989 examples were made, making the 'Oelklappe' particularly sought after by purists as 'the one to have'.

Still finished in its original colour of Jade Green, this matching-numbers car was delivered with the following options: radio fader, antenna booster, four speakers, and an engine compartment light. It was imported into the Netherlands in 1977, and from 1998 was most likely owned by a Mr Geboers. In 2006 the Porsche was sold to a Mr Bouwense, passing in 2011 via Smith Veglia, NL to Mr Jean Mikielski in Monaco.

Accompanying documentation consists of French Contrôles Techniques for the last five years; French/MC Carte Grise; and circa 35 invoices dating from 1998 to 2015 for service/repairs either from Porsche or independent specialists. The car also comes with an original instruction manual (in German).
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