Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engined layout was retained, 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. The first of countless up-grades 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 handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements – to 2.2 liters. Tenacious adhesion, responsive steering, very good flexibility, superb brakes, meticulous finish and a solid, unburstable feel were just some of the virtues praised by Motor magazine in its test of a Porsche 911 in 1973.
This wonderful 911T has been owned by the current vendor for over a decade. Its matching numbers engine was the subject to an engine rebuilt by renowned specialists Jazz Motorsport some 25,000 miles ago, then detailed 3,000 miles ago when the clutch was replaced. At this time a new interior was fitted (floor treated with anti-rust paint when the interior was done), along with a replaced dashboard ( the original having being subject to sun-stroke). The original gearbox was rebuilt (new dampers, tyres, brakes, and the Fuchs alloys were subject to refurbishment.
Over the 10 years current ownership the best part of £35k has been spent. It is fully serviced every 12 months, and in my ownership has covered about 25,000 miles or 2500 per annum. It is driven regularly (Le Mans Classic every other year since 2008) and never misses a beat.