2,341cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch CIS Fuel Injection
140bhp at 5,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Desirable 1973.5 911T with CIS Fuel Injection
*Sinister triple black livery
*Current fitted with desirable Fuchs rims
*Last year of the long hood, small bumper 911
THE PORSCHE 911
Since Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356, the car has continuously amazed aesthetes, engineers, and driving enthusiasts, on its way to being known as a 'modern classic'. When planning the 911 designers retained the 356's rear-engine layout, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favor 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 liters and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
In 1966, Porsche introduced the 911S, the first of a multitude of upgrades the 911 would realize throughout its history. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke 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 handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements - to 2.2 liters.
The 911T (Touring) had been introduced as a new base model in 1967, initially with the 2-liter engine in 110bhp form before gaining the 2.2-liter unit, along with the rest of the range, in 1969. The T's power output then was 125bhp, increasing to 130bhp with the introduction of the 2.4-liter engine for 1972. For the latter part of the 1973 Porsche 911 production run, the 2.4 flat six engine was equipped with Bosch's newly developed and very reliable fuel injection system called CIS, further upping the performance to 140bhp. The CIS system would carry over in later 911 models for the next decade. Tenacious adhesion, responsive steering, very good flexibility, superb brakes, meticulous finish and a solid, resilient feel were just some of the virtues praised by Motor magazine in its test of a Porsche 911T in 1973. The model was discontinued that same year, and marks the end of the first generation, long-hood 911.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Representing a wonderful opportunity for the discerning purchaser, this unrestored and matching numbers 911T spent the majority of its life in the US before going overseas in the late oughts. It is reported that remedial work was undertaken by Dorset, UK Porsche specialists, Marque 21 including a full service, overhaul and MoT test at a cost of £4,000 prior to the current owner's acquisition of this car in July 2010—but no records of this work accompany the car. The wheels have been changed from 'cookie cutters' to Fuchs alloys and it has the rare option of air conditioning.
Attractively finished in black with matching interior, the car has been on static display for the past dozen years and mechanical recommissioning will be required prior to active use. Once fettled, it will make a lovely machine for touring on events such as the Copperstate 1000, Rams Horn, and New England 1000 as well as local drives and jaunts.