This well preserved RHD 1972 Porsche 911E in rare Gulf Orange has been visiting our service workshop for the last couple of days. It’s been a pleasure to spend time with one of the nicest early 911s we’ve seen in a while.
Pre-1973 Porsche 911s have been known to enthusiasts as “early cars” for at least two decades. As the 911 approaches its 55th year, that may not be the best name for the longhoods but it is unlikely to change at this stage. Early cars have an ambience that is all their own and not found in later 911s: it’s a combination of smaller engines (most early cars had less than 2.4 litres to play with), wonderful cabin build quality and a certain genteel sophistication to the controls that was lost once the cars put on a bit of weight and went to wider wheels and tyres.
This early 911 feel is something drivers either click with or not. Some move on to later 911s with more power, some add more power to their early car, but others just drop into that original groove and run their cars as Porsche intended. We believe that there’s a place laid for everyone at the classic Porsche table, but there’s no doubt that a standard 911 in near immaculate condition is a wonderful thing!