2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
1976 Porsche 911S 2.7 'Enhanced' Coupe
|Engine||Flat 6-cylinder, 2687cc|
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Launched in 1964 and still in production today, Porsche’s 911 is regarded as one of the finest driver’s cars ever made, with an incredible heritage spanning more than half a century. The current 992 series may be a far cry from the first 911 (or 901 as it was originally designated) of 1964 but the latest model clearly shares its DNA with those early models, including the flat-six ‘boxer’ motor mounted behind the rear wheels, superb steering and excellent handling. The original air-cooled engine grew in size, from 2-litres to 2.2 and then 2.4-litres while the wheelbase was expanded in 1968 to improve both weight distribution and handling. In 1974, the G-Series adopted the 2.7-litre engine on both the base 911 and mid-range 911S, with power output of the ‘S’ increased to 175 horsepower thanks to the latest Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, higher compression, larger diameter ports, bigger valves and different camshaft timing. All 911s had a four-speed gearbox as standard, with five-speed or semi-automatic Sportomatic transmissions optional, as was a limited-slip diff. The interior was also revised and impact-absorbing bumpers with rubber protectors appeared for the first time, the first significant change to the 911’s styling since 1964. The ‘S’ was fitted with 15-inch ATS five-spoke wheels shod with 185/70 VR15 rubber and could hit 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds on the way to its top speed of 225 km/h, figures bettered only by the Carrera in Porsche’s line-up until the Turbo arrived in 1975. Early rubber-bumper cars have long been regarded the bargains of the 911 family and still represent excellent value for money, although the market is finally waking up to the potential of these fabulous cars, particularly those that have escaped often less than sympathetic modifications.