1970 Porsche 911T Review – ToyBox

By: John Bowe & Alex Affat, Photography by: Ellen DeWar

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Restomod small-bumper 911 has all the right stuff

I’m fortunate enough to have a long history with the Porsche marque, having raced my fair share of them and having been lucky enough to have owned a couple – long before the air-cooled boom, I might add.

Indeed, the world’s most popular sports car has also seemingly become the world’s most popular classic car, with air-cooled Porsche values exploding over the past ten years, at times deemed an even better investment than the banks or stocks at one point.

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I must admit, it can be a little jading; but gazing upon this Bahama Yellow 1970 example against the water whilst the wonderful snapper Ellen works her magic – it’s easy to see why these cars are so desired. This one is kindly provided to us by Brooklands Classic Cars in Melbourne; and – if I had the money – I’d probably be buying it off them!

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It’s exactly as you’d want it: Australian delivered to Porsche Distributors in South Yarra on June 22, 1970; the right year– a genuine small-bumper with all the right stuff underneath.

This one comes in 911T specification which, in its day, was the entry-level model stripped bare of many superfluous features and remained breathing through carburettors up until 1972 whilst its 911E and 911S siblings gained a very early fuel-injection system.

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While the 911T was positioned as the base model with the lowest engine output (92kW compared to 114kW and 130kW for the E and S models); it was also the lightest – 52kgs lighter than the sporty top-spec 911S in fact.

That’s why in retrospect, the 911T became desired as a no-frills driver’s car – despite its entry-level positioning; and it’s also the reason that Porsche chose a 911T as the foundations for their 911T/R racer; the properly homologated iteration of the notorious and mythical 911R.

Just four right-hand drive 911T/Rs were ever produced, so it’s fair to say neither of us will ever own one. But this tangerine dream standing before me; might just be the perfect substitute.

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It’s a bit of a hot-rod you see: its original 2.0lt crank case will be provided with the sale – but currently fitted in its place is a genuine reinforced 2.7lt 7R crankcasing – matched to the much-loved 901 dogleg five-speed manual gearbox, from a later 1969 year car.

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The car is an original Bahama Yellow over black trim car; though only the rear seats remain wrapped in their original trim. The rest of the interior has been completely reupholstered and it’s an absolute pleasure to be in.

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It truly drives like a dream too; those triple-weber carbs are tuned perfectly – it doesn’t hesitate to start up at all.

On the road it’s extremely well-planted; thanks to suspension work from Porsche specialists Elephant Racing, and those widened Fuch from a 930 turbo, and front brakes from a 911S.

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It’s an extremely well curated build – with components cherry-picked from across the generations. And it all blends together to create what might be the ultimate classic weekend vehicle.

Cameron Sabine at Brooklands tells me that the current vendor of the vehicle purchased it in 2013; and over the past five years has spent a tremendous amount of money (almost as much as they’re asking for the car) in creating their envisioning of a factory-made racer.

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If I were looking at buying back into the brand, I’d be looking at something like this. No, it may not be "numbers-matching"; but to step into an equivalent year original 911S – well you’d be paying more than double the price. But this one will be the better drive!

If you're a Porsche man like I am, you'll want to give this one a look over. It's available now at Brooklands Classic Cars, for $176,950.

  

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