1972 Porsche 911S

  • 1972 Porsche 911S
  • Original RHD UK-market car
  • Extensive history file back to 1973
  • Recent engine rebuild by Prill Porsche Classics

The Certificate of Authenticity for this striking Porsche 911S shows that it was completed on 1 October 1972 and finished in Emerald Green with a black leatherette and corduroy interior. A right-hand-drive UK-market car, it was then registered on 21 November 1972 and supplied to its first owner – a Mr BJ Pearson.

The Porsche’s extensive history file includes the original Maintenance Record, which shows service stamps beginning in May 1973, by which time Mr Pearson had already covered 12,002 miles! The first five stamps are from AFN Ltd – previously the official Porsche importer for the UK – but by 1977 the car was clearly in Glasgow because the servicing was being carried out by Glen Henderson Motors on Maxwell Avenue.

This 911S was still in Scotland in the late 1980s, when its owner embarked on a rebuild. Business commitments meant that he didn’t have the time to finish it, so he took the car to well-respected Porsche specialist Autofarm in order for it to be completed there. While it was at Autofarm, it was acquired by a new owner – but only a year later it was bought back by its previous Scottish custodian. By that time, it had been resprayed red.

After spending a number of years in Northern Ireland, this 911S was acquired by its current owner in 2013. The following year it was stripped to bare metal so that any bodywork repairs could be carried out before it was resprayed in its current shade of Royal Purple.

At the same time, all suspension bushes were renewed, as were the brake pipes, while the calipers were rebuilt, all service items replaced and new Pirelli tyres fitted.

A top-end engine rebuild had been carried out shortly before its sale in 2013, but the 2341cc flat-six was rebuilt again during the summer of 2016 by another renowned marque expert – Prill Porsche Classics. The comprehensive work included new pistons and cylinders, new cam chains, rebuilt cylinder heads and much more.

As the most powerful of the regular Porsche 911 range – only the homologation-special Carrera RS 2.7 ranked above it in 1972 – the S has become a particularly desirable model. Now being offered for sale by The Classic Motor Hub, this 911S not only features an extensive history file including the Maintenance Record, it is supplied with its Driver’s Manual and Accessories book, both of which are in the original plastic wallet.

Model history

Production of the Porsche 911 began in 1964 using the basic template from the earlier 356 – a rear-mounted and air-cooled engine, but now with six cylinders rather than four. The 2+2 layout was also carried over, and the styling was largely the work of ‘Butzi’ Porsche – son of company founder ‘Ferry’ Porsche.

Development was rapid. In 1967 came the 160bhp 911S, the base-model 110bhp 911T, the limited-run competition-spec 911R, and the option of a Targa roof. In an attempt to tame the on-the-limit handling, the wheelbase was extended in 1969 – the same year in which the 911E was introduced as a ‘mid-point’ in the range, sitting between the basic 911T and the more powerful 911S. The 911E and S both featured a fuel-injected version of the flat-six, which was initially 2 litres before being upgraded to 2.2 litres for 1970.

Then, for 1972, the engine was enlarged again to 2.4 litres, and in S specification it produced 180bhp at 6500rpm – enough to propel it from 0-60mph in seven seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph.

‘Owning a Porsche 911 is more than a matter of money,’ said the period brochure. ‘It’s a matter of style… beyond the superb performance, technical perfection and motoring comfort of a Porsche lies a unique driving experience.’

From the 1974 model year onwards, the 911’s styling was changed to incorporate the impact bumpers demanded by regulations in North America. The earliest 911s have therefore become particularly coveted thanks to the purity of their design.

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