Displacement: 2,341 cc
Horsepower: 130 bhp @ 5,600 rpm
Engine Torque: 145 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 128 mph
0 - 60 mph: 7.6 seconds
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Introduced in 1963, the original Porsche 911 had one of the longest, basically unchanged, production runs of any car. In fact, the styling was not significantly altered until 1989. That is not to say that there were no changes made, however. The wheelbase was slightly increased in 1968 to counteract a rather twitchy element in the car's handling. Also, the engine's displacement was increased first in 1969 from 2 to 2.2 litres and then again in 1972 to 2.4 litres. In 1974 Federal safety standards necessitated the inclusion of impact bumpers and the car lost a little of its purity of line. As a result, the 1972/3 cars are particularly sought after, in so far as they retain the cleaner look of the early cars but have the larger displacement engine coupled to a revised 5 speed gearbox derived from the racing 908 Porsches (another first for '72).
This particular car has spent its life in Southern California and consequently has not suffered the all-too-common ravages of corrosion, which have claimed so many of its brothers. Finished in the brightest shade of red that Zuffenhausen had to offer that year, the exotically named 'Bahia Rot', it still cuts quite a dash and the black leather ette interior is virtually unmarked. Mechanically, it is very sound also. The timing chain tensioners were replaced 2,000 miles ago and the car was recently serviced including a new brake master cylinder and brake hoses. Though still sporting its factory fitted air-conditioning system, the compressor has been removed and so it is currently inoperative. So, in essence, it looks, runs & drives wunderbar! Oh, and to top it off, the original Blaupunkt radio will still pull in your favorite Scorpions tracks as you blitz down the autobahn!