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 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 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300bhp. 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 handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements – to 2.2 litres. The S’s power output then was 180bhp, increasing to 190bhp with the introduction of the 2.4-litre engine for 1972. 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.
Delivered new in Belgium through D’Ieteren in 1973, this European specification example has remained in Belgium and France for the entirety of its life. Still retaining its matching numbers engine, the car is a wonderfully original, honest and accident free example finished in the very desirable colour combination of Oxford blue with black leather interior.
Mechanically the car is ready to go and its engine described to run strong. The interior can be described as original with the appropriate amount of patina giving the car great character. Whilst being very original, the car has clearly been very well looked after and unlike many of its counterparts, its targa roof is in good condition.
Offered with its original jack and owner’s manual, alongside a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and its original plaques from D’Ieteren, this car represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a timeless, matching numbers Belgian delivered top of the range 911 2.4S Targa.