1973 Porsche-Projects 911 T Coupe
|Performance:||2.4 liter, MFI|
|Transmission:||5 speed manual|
|Color exterior:||Gemini Blue|
|Tires:||Pirelli P6000 185/70/15|
This 1973 Porsche 911T is a matching-numbers car with a factory sunroof, and stands as a splendid restoration candidate. The car was built at the factory in December of 1972, has been a California car for the vast majority of its life, and has held long term ownership for the last 25 years. It was initially sold new from a dealership in San Jose, CA in 1973, and the car held very limited ownership for the following 2 decades.
The car was put in long term storage from 1993 to the mid-2010's, and rediscovered in 2014 by a Northern California Porsche enthusiast, who found the car at a garage in Pacific Grove, CA complete with its original Blue plates, but needing a battery and some mechanical TLC before getting it road worthy. The car was purchased from the garage, and maintenance and service work were immediately commissioned to get the car back on the road. After acquiring the car, the owner had his Porsche mechanic remove the engine and perform a full service to it, updating parts where necessary and reinstalling it back to the car. A compression test showed 135 to 140 across the board (which is consistent for a 911T), and all cylinders were within 2%. After the initial mechanical work was performed, a new set of tires and a fresh battery were added to get the car back on the road.
The car shows in its original factory color of Gemini Blue. It has solid floors, a great body, and its original interior. There is slight surface rust as the paint is very thin, though the level of rust is minimal throughout. While a cosmetic restoration is needed, and the gas gauge will need repair, mechanically the car is in very good running and driving condition.
This 911T is full of potential, and is sure to make a great choice for the eager Porsche restorer or collector looking to have their restoration done their way. Receipts of the previous service work accompany the car.
Building on the success of the 2.2-liter engine, Porsche bumped the 911's six to 2.3 liters (actually 2,341 cubic centimeters, which Porsche badged as a "2.4") for 1972 by bumping the stroke up to 70.4 millimeters from 66 millimeters while keeping the bore at 84 millimeters. This pushed output of the 911T engine (now with Bosch fuel injection) to 157 horsepower, the 911E to 185 horsepower and the 911S to a potent 210 horsepower. The new power led Porsche to install a new, stronger five-speed transaxle and a new, more robust version of the still ludicrous Sportomatic. Except for a small chin spoiler on the 911S (offered as an option on the other two models) and the "2.4" badge on the deck lid's air intake, the '72 911s were visually almost indistinguishable from the '71s. Porsche applied the name "Carrera" to the 911 for the first time during the 1973 model year. The RS Carrera was a homologation special for racing and as such featured more radically flared fenders, larger (185/70VR15 front and 215/60VR15 rear) tires on appropriate wheels, a big 2.7-liter version of the 911 engine (achieved by blowing the bore up to 90 millimeters) making 200 "net" (more conservative than "gross") horsepower and, of course, the classic ducktail rear spoiler. Not surprisingly, this lightweight car was too good to sell in the United States, but 1,800 were built for the rest of the world. Meanwhile, over here, the '73 911s had their "2.4" engines also rerated using net figures to 135 horsepower for the 911T, 159 horsepower for the 911E and 181 horsepower for the 911S. Otherwise, if you could perceive a difference between them and the '72s, you were a Porsche fanatic of the highest order. Midway through the year, Bosch electronic fuel injection replaced the mechanical unit on the 911T and that engine was rated down a single pony to 134 horsepower, but drivability soared.