Many Porsche collectors and enthusiasts believe that the 1972 model-year was the one in which the Porsche 911 really came of age. The biggest advancement came as an increase in engine capacity to 2.4L which, in the case of the 1972 Porsche 911E, meant that power was upped to 165 horsepower. Increasing the stroke from 66mm to 70.4mm and leaving the bore unchanged achieved this extra capacity. Additionally, the piston crowns were lowered to reduce the compression ratio, allowing the car to be run on low-octane fuel, which met new requirements in the U.S. market. A change to the gearbox is also seen as important. Today, the well-known 915 transmission is renowned for being a stronger unit, better suited to the extra power that the 911E now offered. It was heavier though, and had an impact on the car’s overall weight. Most noticeable, however, was the fact that the shifting pattern was changed to a traditional H gate pattern, replacing the previous dogleg arrangement. Interestingly, one of the ways to identify the 1972 Porsche 911E is by the new external oil filler flap that was located below the right-hand rear window. This would be changed in later years, as owners too easily would mistake the fuel-filler with the gas-filler.
With more than five decades of production to choose from, buying a Porsche 911 can be quite a tedious endeavor. With little more than 4,000 units of the E-Series Porsche 911E models manufactured, the 1972 Porsche 911E is a relatively rare car. When searching for this particular model, always be sure to authenticate the car’s originality by comparing the engine and chassis numbers to Porsche records. Additionally, because of reliability problems with the 911E’s hydro-pneumatic front suspension, this feature became an additional option during the 1972 model-year. Most collectors prefer to find the 911E models that featured the conventional torsion bars, MacPherson struts and Boge dampers, which returned as standard fitment during this model-year.
These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips for the 1972 Porsche 911E that The Beverly Hills Car Club team has learned over their years of experience in the classic car marketplace. When you’re ready to explore the options available to you, they encourage you to browse their online inventory and welcome you to contact their California classic car dealership professionals with any questions you may have. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you find the classic Porsche 911 you’ve been dreaming of. Connect today!
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