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Lot 103: Porsche 911 2.4 E

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

With the power and torque increases, the 2.4 Litre cars also got a newer, stronger transmission, identified by its Porsche type number 915. Derived from the transmission in the Porsche 908 race car, the 915 did away with the 901/911 transmission's dog-leg style first gear arrangement, opting for a traditional H pattern with first gear up to the left, second gear underneath first, etc. Some say this was because the dog-leg shift to second gear was inconvenient for city driving, other say it was due to Porsche's desire to put 5th gear outside the main transmission housing where it could easily be changed for different races. In 1972 a tremendous effort was made to improve the handling of the 911. Due to the 911's unusual engine placement (rear-mounted, with most of the vehicle's weight concentrated over the rear axle) early 911's were prone to oversteer when driven at the limit, and could easily spin in the hands of an inexperienced driver.

In an attempt to remedy this, Porsche relocated the oil tank from its position behind the right rear wheel to in front of it. This had the effect of moving the weight of almost 8.5 L of oil from outside the wheelbase to inside, improving weight distribution and thus, handling. To facilitate filling of the oil tank, Porsche installed an oil filler door (much like the fuel filler door on the left front fender) on the right rear quarter panel. Unfortunately, this unique design was scrapped after only one year, some say because inattentive gas station attendants were putting gas in the oil tank. The oil tank was subsequently moved back to its original position for model year 1973, and remained there until it was moved back within the wheelbase for the 964 models.

The cars had success at the Daytona 6 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours, the 1000 km N´┐Żrburgring and the Targa Florio. Finished in a delightfully period light blue the 911E on offer today was repatriated to Europe by the renowned Paul Stephens- and since has had much improvement. Work has included replacing the clutch, gaskets and engine oil seals. More recently KEV119K has been fitted with a new set of tyres.

With prices of early 911's only going one way, this 72' car offers the new owner the opportunity to purchase a car that will only appreciate in value.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number103
Estimate£23000-£26000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£24190
Year1972
Condition rating0
Registration numberKEV 119K
Mileage-
Chassis number9112200920
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2