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For the 1972 model year, Porsche extensively upgraded the 911. Improvements included an enlarged 2.4-liter engine, new gearbox, and an oil tank mounted ahead of the rear wheel for better weight distribution. According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this example left Porsche’s factory finished in silver metallic paint over a black leatherette interior, and optioned with desirable sport seats. It was purchased new at Porsche-Audi Manhattan by Myron Kaplan of Weehawken, New Jersey, who would remain the car’s sole owner for 44 years, before selling it in 2016. A written description on file from a subsequent owner notes that the car’s mileage (approximately 27,000) is original, as is the interior, and parts of the paint. The consignor, a meticulous collector of Porsches, was also told that some body repair work had been done to the rear of the 911 during Mr. Kaplan’s ownership. Today, this 911 S retains many hallmarks of originality, including Sekurit-marked side windows, date-coded seat belts, and inspection markings inside the engine compartment.
Since Mr. Kaplan sold the Porsche in 2016, the 911 has been driven sparingly, but has received some attention to the fuel, ignition, and braking systems, as well as cosmetic cleaning and detailing. Accompanied by its original manuals and records, it is rare to find a 911 S that remained in single ownership for so long. This example’s desirable year, colors, options, and unrestored condition make it a Porsche worthy of serious consideration.