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1976 Porsche 911 2.7 S For Sale

£74,750 As stated

Price £74,750As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Porsche
Model 911
Year 1976
Mileage 79,221 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Norfolk
Status Trade
Ref C1475328
A lovely, original condition example of a mid-1970s Porsche 911 S, which spent most of its life in the USA before coming to the UK, by way of the Netherlands and Germany, in 2019

PRICE £74, 450
YEAR 1976
ENGINE 2687cc/ 6-cyl/ HO OHC/ Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
POWER [email protected]
0-60MPH 7. 5sec
GEARBOX RWD, five-speed manual
MILEAGE 79, 221 miles
MOT 12 months from sale
CHASSIS NUMBER the details below
COLOUR Indian Red
INTERIOR Red leatherette
WIDTH 1610mm
LENGTH 4291mm
HEIGHT 1320mm

After being in production for over 10 years, the first major change to the bodywork of the Porsche 911 was exercised for the 1974 model year. Because of fresh safety regulations in the United States, new impact-resistant bumpers were required for cars - and for the 911, that mean the fitment of items that would become something of a trademark look; more prominent items with bellows in the corners. It was a much more harmonious job than was carried out by other European manufacturers - think MGB with its ‘rubber’ protuberances, for example - and together with other more subtle nips and tucks such as the the red rear Porsche-branded panel and black rubber trim strip attached to the sills, the minor facelift successfully updated the 911 for the mid-1970s.

These new generation cars, dubbed the G Series, initially came in base, S and Carrera form, along with the newly-launched and exciting Turbo. All variants featured 2. 7-litre engines - air-cooled and rear-mounted, obviously - but in different states of tune. The base 911 had 150bhp, the S put out 175bhp, the Carrera boasted an impressive 210bhp and the Turbo an eye-watering (for the era) 260bhp - albeit delivered in a way that often had drivers clinging on for dear life thanks to the sudden and savage boost from the turbocharger.

In S form though, as here, the 911 was rather more controlled and civilised; a nice blend of both performance and practicality. While 175bhp may not seem too much by today’s standards, it was enough to propel the S to 140mph overall, with a 0-60mph time of 7. 5 seconds.

However, the ‘new’ S proved a short-lived model. With Porsche making continuous improvements throughout its range, it introduced a new base variant for the 1976 model year, endowed with 165bhp. As that was very close to the output of the S, Porsche discontinued it, thus making the car we’re offering here quite rare and thus very desirable.

When this 911 S emerged from Porsche’s Stuttgart factory in 1976, the Indian Red machine with Dark Red ‘faux leather’ (in other words, leatherette) interior was destined for the United States. It was registered in Syracuse, New York, at the end of June 1976, but by the 1980s had drifted to the neighbouring state of Connecticut, where it seems to have stayed until 2015. In November of that year, it was imported into the Netherlands and also seems to have spent some time back in its German homeland too. By 2019, it had crossed the English Channel to the UK, being registered here in December of that year.

The current mileage is recorded as 79, 221 miles, which appears consistent with the paperwork available. In January 2020, the Porsche received a 12, 000-mile service plus other work such as the replacement of four gearbox mounts, the clutch, clock, fresh air/ heater fan and battery. Four new tyres were also fitted and (successful) efforts made to rectify engine oil leaks. The bill for all this, carried out just 5420 miles ago at 73, 801 miles, ran to several thousands.

As far as can be made out, the Indian Red paint on this 911 S is largely original. And it is extremely well-preserved, with very few signs of age and use on the vibrant scarlet body. Those proud bumpers, often so easily scuffed, are completely free from any damage either on their corners or overriders. Under the fuel filler flap, you’ll find the protective vinyl flaps that envelop the petrol cap still in place. All panel gaps are tight and consistent, and the rear ‘Porsche’ red decor panel is free from cracking or crazing. While chrome and stainless steel brightwork is minimal, being mainly confined to the trim around the windows and headlamps, what is present is in a fine state.

The tyres all around are Michelin 185/ 70 VR15 items which, as noted earlier, were only fitted in 2020 and have since covered just under 5500 miles. There’s thus plenty of tread left, and no damage to the rubber. The Fuchs alloys they surround are free from any kerbing and show little wear beyond some of the black paint now being thin in spots, presumably as a result of many decades of cleaning.

There are very few signs of use or age inside, where it all seems to be exactly as factory-installed in the mid-1970s. The red theme of the exterior continues in the cabin, being used on the plastic-based leatherette seats, carpets, door cards and dash padding. There’s no bagginess to the seats (including the occasional rear ones) and even the driver’s seat bolsters, which are usually the first to show deterioration, are free from any wear. The carpets are clean and tidy, and there’s no splitting or UV fading apparent on the dash padding.

All the dials are working - including the clock, which was replaced in 2020 - and report healthy readings when the car is running. The switchgear and controls are free from any grime. A period Blaupunkt radio is installed and fully-functioning; it may well be the original as the history folder does contain ‘Blaupunkt Autoradio’ instructions, but if it is, its condition is remarkable - it doesn’t even look as if any of the memory select buttons have ever been pushed. It could have been put in last week, such is its great state.

There is only some light discolouring to the white headlining, mainly noticeable around the door apertures and courtesy lamps. Up front, the carpeted luggage area remains in great order and still has its original tool roll present.

The eye for detailing has been extended through to the engine bay, which is free from any significant dirt or oil contamination. It looks completely oil-tight following attention to some leaks when serviced in 2020. The belts and wiring are all in a good state, with the gold warning stickers on the slam panel in place - something that will delight all those who prize originality. The Shell fuels and lubricants sticker on the black plastic air intake is one of the few spots to show its age, as it has a small section missing.

The 911 starts, idles, drives and stops exactly as it should. Acceleration is smooth with no hesitation, and the five-speed transmission runs through all its ratios slickly and quickly, with no reluctance felt through the gear lever. The handling is sharp with no play, and the brakes do their job very effectively, with no diving to either side. The car makes superb use of its 175bhp, with an engaging character and supreme road manners.

This Porsche is a remarkable survivor from a purer 911 design era before flared wheel arches and oversized spoilers became the norm - especially in such original condition. It’s in lovely order inside and out and, having had several thousands spent on it just two years ago, and been comparatively little used since then. No significant jobs need doing; it’s all ready to just be driven, enjoyed and shown off as the attention-grabbing and very beautiful classic sports car it is.

While Greenside Cars Ltd has tried to ensure information and assessments are accurate and complete, we are aware that some errors and omissions may occur from time to time. We are not able, therefore, to guarantee the accuracy of information and cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from it. We highly recommend that you examine any vehicle to check the reliability of the information supplied. Please contact us for further details, images, or to arrange a viewing of this 1976 Porsche 911S 2. 7.
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