Porsche 911T (E series)

911 T 2,4 Coupé Mj. 1972

In line with the 911E and 911S, the entry-level 911T received a boost in engine size to 2341cc (or 2.4-litre to use Porsche’s badging). However a lower compression ratio and Zenith 40 TIN triple choke carburettors in place of fuel injection gave a lower power output of 130bhp. For the US market, however, the T had the same Bosch fuel injection as the other models, which gave it the unusual distinction of being more power than the rest-of-world version, with 140bhp.

This power went through, as standard, a four-speed version of the 915 gearbox, although five speeds were a popular – and very worthwhile – option. Sportomatic was relegated to a special order item.

Inside, the T had a rubber-covered, as opposed to leather, steering wheel but in most respects was similar to the cockpit of the 911E.

Steel wheels remained standard in may markets, but most buyers uprated to the optional – and wider – alloy rims.

In other ways the 911T followed the same upgrade route as the 911E with the – unique for the year – forward-located oil tank with an external flap in the right-hand rear wing.

As with previous incarnations, the appeal of the 911T is the sound of its carburetted engine, but in other ways it’s not the best choice of model in this year – just 130bhp is not a lot compared with, say, the 911S’s much more worthwhile 190bhp. That said, find a good 911T with the external oil-filler flap and you’ll have an affordable classic with quirky appeal.

The 911T was available with the open Targa body style. This is the first year that the Targa was available for right-hand-drive cars.

Capacity: 2341cc
Compression ratio: 7.5:1
Maximum power: 130bhp at 6200rpm
Maximum torque: 196Nm at 4000rpm
Brakes: Front: 282mm discs; rear: 290mm discs
Suspension: Front: MacPherson struts with telescopic dampers and torsion bar springs; rear: trailing wishbones with telescopic dampers and transverse torsion bar. Front and rear antiroll bars
Wheels & tyres: Front: 15×5.5J with 165VR tyres. Rear: 15×5.5J with 165VR tyres
Length: 4163mm
Width 1610mm
Weight: 1050kg