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Lot 085: Porsche 911T 2.4 Sportomatic

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

One of a pair of early Porsche 911s in our sale today, this striking 1972 model has the larger 2.4-litre flat-six engine that was introduced in 1971 to replace the peakier 2.2 unit. As before the engine was available in three states of tune, T, E and S with 130bhp, 165bhp and 190bhp respectively. Although the power increase was relatively small, the engine delivered rather more torque lower down the rev range which made it more suited to town driving, although at the expense of the thrilling top end urge of the earlier model. The gear ratios were also lowered a little to promote greater flexibility at the expense of outright speed.

A host of other minor changes also made these cars somewhat heavier than the outgoing model, mainly due to a general strengthening to take the extra power and meet American safety legislation. Attention to detail was still fanatical and a peculiar characteristic of 911s from this era is the oil filler flap over the right rear wheel: the oil tank had been moved there to improve weight distribution.

This car is also fitted with the semi-automatic Sportomatic transmission which had a conventional synchromesh gearbox in series with a torque converter and a normal clutch operated by a vacuum-controlled lever. To change gear the driver simply had to move the lever through a conventional H pattern. With no clutch pedal to press, this resulted in smoother changes than most drivers could achieve with a manual transmission. The effect on performance was minimal and to prove the point, works drivers Vic Elford, Jochen Neerpasch and Hans Herrmann gave a magnificent display of driving to win the 1967 Marathon de la Route in a 911R equipped with Sportomatic transmission. Elford also drove a Sportomatic as his daily car, using it to tow his caravan to race meetings all over Europe!

Not much is known of the early history of this car but it began life in Germany and the current vendor bought it at an auction in Guernsey in 1989. Between 1990 and 1991 the car was treated to a full bodywork restoration at Trans-Am Custom of Guernsey during which the colour was changed from brown to orange. This took 583 hours and cost �13,433 (bills on file) and was clearly done to a very high standard as the current condition bears witness.

The tan leather interior is all original and generally in good order with a nice patina. Mechanically the car is said to be very good and the carbs were fully rebuilt in April last year. It certainly fired up instantly and ran very well on the occasion of our visit to take these pictures. It comes with various bills for routine maintenance and the aforementioned restoration, the original owner's handbook in German plus 8 old MOTs back to 2003 at 22,952km (now 23,716km). Currently taxed and due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, this lovely old Porsche is ready for immediate use.

NB: Since the catalogue went to press, we have learned that this car has recently had an engine rebuild and has been converted to run on unleaded fuel.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
Lot Number085
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£13500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberFAX 211K
Chassis number9112500657
Engine number6529072
Engine capacity (cc)2341
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2