1972 Porsche 911 RS Tribute - SOLD
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It was rebuilt and serviced by one of the most respected Porsche shops in the area and has been maintained properly so it's ready to enjoy at a moment's notice.

Two owners from new. Comprehensive mechanical rebuild by Steinel’s Autowerks. Beautiful Gulf Blue paint and black leather interior. Upgraded 2.4-liter engine, 5-speed. Very well documented. A beautiful long nose 911 that’s fully sorted and ready to enjoy.

Purchased from the widow of the original owner in 2006, this beautiful Porsche had been sitting for many years in a warehouse. As part of the resurrection, it was taken to the Porsche experts at Steinel’s Autowerks in Twinsburg, Ohio for evaluation and eventually, a full rebuild. The result is this beautiful Gulf Blue 911T that offers a myriad of upgrades and a classic look that’s 100% Porsche performance. During the refit, a fiberglass deck lid with “ducktail” spoiler and an RS-style chin spoiler were added. These work in conjunction with steel RS fender flares that were installed under previous ownership and give the car an ideal stance—not too radical but certainly aggressive. The original color was brown, and it was with that in mind that the full color change was ordered. The car was completely disassembled and thoroughly repainted at a cost of nearly $20,000. The result is a beautiful 911 that has a period look wearing some of the most famous racing colors of all. Finish quality is excellent and even after more than 15 years, it’s holding up beautifully with only minor signs of use—a chip on the hood the size of a pencil tip, a hairline crack in the fiberglass deck lid where it was slammed a little too hard, and a few touch-ups here and there. This is a car that was built to be driven, so there are signs of that, but nothing that’s visible without very close inspection. The car is just beautiful in person.

The black interior is a great complement to the Gulf Blue paint and features leather upholstery on the seats to make them surprisingly comfortable. Porsche was all business in the 911’s design, and the business was going fast, so the big tach sits front and center on the dash with auxiliary gauges to either side. All the gauges are fully functional, including the clock, although the odometer stopped working during our video shoot—there are a few more miles than indicated, but not many (the odometer was reset to 0 when the restoration was done, so about 5000 miles on the engine and transmission). The steering wheel is a Momo unit with a Porsche horn button that looks right at home and it telegraphs the front wheels’ activities directly to your palms. There’s also a later Blaupunkt AM/FM/cassette stereo that was probably installed in the ‘80s, but if you’re worried about the radio you’re not using this car correctly. Carpets, seats, headliner, and dash pad are all in excellent condition. There are even two smaller fold-down seats in the back, although they’re best reserved for children or used as extra cargo space. The forward trunk is correctly finished and includes the original space-saver spare underneath.

The original engine was completely rebuilt with the goal of making 190 horsepower. Displacement was bumped to 2.4 liters, a set of custom JE pistons were installed to raise compression, and a complete 911E fuel injection system with custom camshafts was installed. Detailed receipts and dyno sheets confirm that they got very close to the goal and today it runs and drives superbly. Thanks to the fuel injection, it starts easily and idles well, even when cold, and makes plenty of oil pressure at all speeds and temperatures. The engine joyously revs to 6000 RPM and has a flat torque curve that makes it very user friendly in the real world. It’s fast but not dangerous, and despite what you’ve heard about early 911s and their treacherous handling, this car exhibits no such issues. It’s delightfully well balanced, content to commute to work or carve up your favorite country road equally well. The 5-speed manual transmission was rebuilt at the same time, so throws are crisp and positive and ratios are well-chosen so the engine always feels like it’s on its toes. It stays cool on warm days and generally goes about its business without a lot of fuss—exactly what you’d expect from a premium sports car from Porsche. The undercarriage is original, so it’s not detailed for show, but there’s no evidence of rot and it has never been used in winter weather so everything’s solid. The suspension and brakes were rebuilt so it rides and handles beautifully and stops with confidence and the exhaust has a spectacular flat-6 tenor wail that gets more amazing the faster you go. Replica Fuchs alloys are the right choice and carry staggered 15-inch BFGoodrich radials.

Documentation is extensive, including original owner’s manuals, receipts on the restoration totaling more than $50,000 (in 2006 dollars), photos from before, during, and after the build, dyno sheets, alignment specs, and Porsche Production Specification documentation has been ordered and will be supplied with the car.

This car has been part of our family for many years and it has always been a favorite to drive. It’s ideally balanced, incredibly docile, yet incredibly fun to drive. It was rebuilt and serviced by one of the most respected Porsche shops in the area and has been maintained properly so it’s ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice. That’s really the great thing about the 911—it’s daily-driver capable, yet makes any drive a special occasion. One drive will convince you that this one is special. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1972 Porsche 911 RS Tribute
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118069
Odometer Reading: 5100
VIN: 9112101727
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.4290000000000003
Wheelbase: 89.4 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Fuchs alloy wheels
Tires: Front: 205/60/15, Rear: 215/60/15 BFGoodrich radials
Exterior Color: Gulf Blue
Interior Color: Black leather
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