For Sale: Original 1972 Porsche 911E 2.4, owned by 99yo enthusiast

A handful of classic Porsche sports cars is going up for sale next month as part of the Shannons 2020 Winter auction event, and included in the mix is an immaculate, second-owner 1972 Porsche 911E 2.4.

It’s been in the hands of a 99 year-old owner since 1975, having bought it off the original buyer. This means it has been through the hands of just two owners since new. It’s described as being in “wonderful, largely untouched” condition.

The now-elderly owner has kept it stored on blocks in Melbourne for around 30 years, while starting it regularly to keep the parts moving and lubricated. It was originally bought new in the UK and is said to be one of just 18 factory right-hand drive 911E 2.4 coupes officially imported to Australia. And that’s of just one of the total 1124 911Es built during 1972.

Telltale signs of the 911E include an oil filler cap just behind the driver’s door, while the 2.4-litre engine (actually 2341cc) features Bosch mechanical fuel injection and produces around 120kW. This examples also comes with the desirable five-speed manual ‘915’ transmission option as opposed to the old four-speed unit.

Other tasty options fitted include period 15-inch Fuchs forged wheels, a metallic Gemini blue body paired with light tan interior and Perlcord ribbed cloth seats, an electric sunroof and windows, and an 18mm rear stabiliser bar for tighter handling. Tinting for the windows has also been applied to add subtlety.

According to Redbook data the 911E with the five-speed option, back in 1972, had a retail price of AU$11,933. However, today, Shannons expects this stunning example to sell between $150,000-$180,000. Shannons national auction manager, Christophe Boribon, says it is one of the most original 901-series 911s that the company has ever come across.

If you love your classic Porsches, the auction event has a few others that might interest you as well. An original Australian-delivered 1976 911 Turbo will also go under the hammer. It is one of just 14 officially-delivered first-gen 930 Turbos in Australia, and is expected to sell between $220,000-$250,000.

Slightly less desirable but highly collectible, a 1989 944 Turbo coupe in Guards Red is also going up for grabs, running just 56,773km on the clock, while a 1985 928S with just 33,000km on the odometer will also be auctioned. The front-engined V8 Porsche is expected to fetch between $45,000-$55,000, while the 944 is tipped to sell in the $50,000-$60,000 range.

Lastly, a rather rare 1994 968CS will be included in the lots. It is one of 14 Club Sport models delivered to Australia with the optional M220 limited-slip differential and M030 handling package. The odometer is showing 55,000km, and it’s expected to sell between $85,000-$100,000.

The timed online auction will take place between August 19-26. Head over to Shannons for more information.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.