Lot Number
40
1973 Porsche 911T Coupe


ESTIMATE: $130,000 - $150,000
CHASSIS NO: 9113103178
• Well-equipped with factory options and amenities including sunroof
• Great factory colors, matching numbers, fully restored; just three owners from new
• Highly desirable final-series “long hood, small bumper” 911
• Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and original window sticker

2,341 cc air-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, 140 HP at 5,600 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.3"


Continuing their incomparable tradition for excellence, Porsche’s engineers relentlessly developed and improved the 911 from launch, ensuring its uncanny ability to adapt to the changing demands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Collectively, the E- and F-Series 911 models of 1972 and 1973 are a perfect case in point as the ultimate expression of the “long hood, small bumper” models that first appeared for 1969 and marked the first major update of the 911. Offered in 3 variants, the 911 was most significantly updated for 1972 with a displacement increase from 2.2 to 2.4 litres (2,341 cc) with a longer stroke offsetting lower compression ratios to better cope with unleaded gasoline. While Detroit’s “Big Three” and Porsche’s European rivals struggled to comply with tighter U.S. emissions regulations, the wizards at Zuffenhausen broadened the 911’s power curve and increased torque.

Mechanical fuel injection was added in 1972 for examples of the 911T destined for the United States and certain Asian markets. In addition to the heightened performance offered by all of the 2.4-litre cars of 1972 – 1973, they were further upgraded with the availability of the stronger ‘Type 915’ gearbox derived from Porsche’s mighty 908 racing cars. Many other detail refinements addressed the 911’s chassis, exterior, and mechanical systems.

The “T” was regarded as a surprisingly strong performer, a fact confirmed in period road tests. Acceleration from rest to 60 mph was achieved in just 8.0 seconds and top speed approached 130 mph. In contrast to the relatively high-strung 911S, Road & Track testers also found the 911T delivered exceptional drivability and all-around flexibility in real-world driving conditions. A virtual fixture on many, if not all, “greatest car” lists compiled by the motoring press, Porsche’s 911 remains an unqualified sporting icon for its purity of design and excellent race-bred engineering. In particular, legions of today’s collectors and marque enthusiasts continue to favor Porsche’s pre-1974 911 models for their lightness, simple, uncluttered styling, and of course, their all-around performance.

The pre-1974 911 is an icon of the motoring world with appreciating market values in recent years; however, it has become increasingly hard to find great examples in terms of condition and provenance. The 1973 models with 2.4-litre engines (MFI or CSI) continue to be the ones most-sought by collectors and enthusiasts, due to their added power, performance, and preferred ‘915’ five-speed gearbox. This 1973 Porsche 911T is just such an example. According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and original factory window sticker, this U.S.-delivery 911T retains original colors, matching numbers, and complete factory options including Forged Alloy Wheels, Chrome Fender Strips, Appearance Group, Retractable Antenna (Left), Tinted Glass All Around, and an Electric Sliding Sunroof.

This 1973 Porsche 911T was purchased new via Bob Hagestad Porsche-Audi of Denver, Colorado and, according to the accompanying window sticker, it carried a lofty retail price of nearly $10,285. The first owner retained the Porsche through 2010 when it was acquired by the second owner. This 911T was an incredibly sound example as evidenced by historical photos and during the second ownership, a comprehensive restoration was undertaken with no stone left unturned, resulting in an essentially new Porsche 911T Sunroof Coupe as it originally appeared (or even better) when sold new in 1973. All work was photo-documented and all receipts are stored within the 911’s history binder.

Purchased by just its third owner, after restoration, this 911T has since been housed in a prominent east coast collection, used and exercised regularly, and serviced when and as needed. This is a very well-sorted early 911 in a rare color combination in excellent restored condition. It delivers an outstanding experience with a tight feel, strong power, and its offering provides an exceptional opportunity for the 911 collector. The presentation is truly outstanding; it has clearly been loved and respected by its keepers and as offered, it richly deserves to take its place with an enthusiastic new owner. A truly rare, high-specification example with numbers matching the Certificate of Authenticity, this 1973 Porsche 911T marks a great find and the end of an era as a final-series “long hood, small bumper” 911.

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe
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