Spotted this ad on Autotrader.
The ad doesn’t give much away but it does say it’s a Sportomatic. If so, then it’s a rare car.
Sportomatic is often described as a semi-automatic gearbox, but that’s a bit misleading. It is, in fact, a manual gearbox with an automatic clutch. Microswitches at the base of the gearlever sense when you start to move the lever and automatically disengage the engine and gearbox to allow you to make a change. Which means you can’t drive along with your hand resting on the gearstick!
Porsche introduced Sportomatic at a time when it didn’t have a suitable automatic transmission for the 911 and wanted to widen the car’s appeal. It didn’t prove that successful and was quietly dropped. This car would be one of the last Sportomatic-equipped 911s to have been built.
Over the years, many people have converted Sportomatics to conventional manuals, which is a shame because it’s an interesting piece of Porsche history.