13th Mar, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
Lot 145
 

1972 Porsche 911 T 2.4 Litre 'Oel Klappe'
Believed to be 1 of just 106 RHD examples made

Sold for £65,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: RYY 92K
Chassis No: G112500933
MOT: Exempt

  • Current family ownership since 1989
  • A stalled restoration project which appears structurally sound and retains its original engine
  • Accompanied by numerous spare parts and updated decades ago with a Carrera RS 2.7-style front air dam and 'duck tail' spolier
  • A great opportunity

A rival to the Ferrari Dino 246 GT in period, Porsche thoroughly reworked its 911 range for the 1972-model year. Powered by an enlarged 2341cc ('2.4') SOHC six-cylinder engine allied to either five-speed manual (Type 915) or Sportmatic transmission, the newcomer also benefited from revised rear suspension mountings which helped quell compound strut movement and so improved roadholding over imperfect road surfaces not to mention rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Labelled internally as the ‘E-Series’, the 2.4 litre models produced during the 1972-model year (August 1971 – July 1972) further boasted a more centrally located dry sump oil tank which in turn necessitated the fitment of an external flap to facilitate filling. Christened the ‘Oel Klappe’, its location towards the top of a B-post is alleged to have prompted unwitting petrol station attendants to pump fuel into the oil tank with predictably serious consequences. Thus, for the ‘F-Series’ and subsequent 911 derivatives Porsche repositioned the oil tank aftwards to ensure it could only be topped up from within the engine bay. Perceived as a design flaw when new, the rarity of surviving ‘Oel Klappe’ examples means that they are particularly sought after today. Indeed, it is believed that just 106 ‘E-Series’ 2.4 litre cars were completed in right-hand drive split between the ‘T’, ‘E’ and ‘S’ variants. Typically carburettor-fed, the former boasted some 130bhp / 145lbft of torque and was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and 128mph.

Understood to have been supplied new to a diplomat based at the Australian High Commission on The Strand in London and to have worn the associated number plates ‘104 D 373’, this decidedly rare ‘Oel Klappe’ 911T must have cut quite a dash. Specified with the preferred Type 915 five-speed manual gearbox as well an optional sunroof and electric front windows, the Porsche was showing two previous keepers on its V5 Registration Document by the time the vendor’s late husband acquired it during 1989. Repainted Alpine White at some prior stage (from what is thought to have been its original Roman Purple hue), the iconic sportscar had also gained a Carrera RS 2.7-style front airdam and ‘duck tail’ rear spoiler. Taken off the road decades ago, the 911T was partially dismantled pending a restoration. Although, he sourced numerous new parts and got much of the way through an interior re-trim, the vendor’s late husband was unable to see the project through to completion. From what we have been able to gather the basic structure appears to be sound with no obvious signs of corrosion (albeit potential purchasers must reassure themselves on that point). There are signs too of careful maintenance with the throttle linkage still operating smoothly due to liberal greasing. The factory-fitted engine turns over freely but has not been started for years. A rare opportunity to acquire a desirable right-hand drive ‘Oel Klappe’ 911T, ‘RYY 92K’ is coming to market for the first time in thirty-five years. In addition to assorted trim materials, the Porsche is accompanied by a current V5C, copy of an old-style Registration Document, Porsche 2.4 Register Vehicle Registration Form, driver’s manual and assorted photos.

For more information, please contact:
John Markey
john.markey@handh.co.uk
01428 607899

 

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Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 13th Mar, 2024

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