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The 2.4-litre cars were the final incarnation of the original long-hood 911s. Launched for the 1972 model year, the additional engine displacement over and above the previous 2.2-liter flat six was achieved by lengthening the stroke of the engine, resulting in 2,341 cc. A new five-speed transaxle that replaced the old dog-leg configuration, and a front spoiler on S models, were among other notable differences. The final, and very similar cars for 1973 are easily recognizable by their black trim for items such as the horn grilles and engine cover.
This particular 911 was completed at Stuttgart on June 1, 1973, making it one of the last models of the 2.4 to be built. Ordered in range-topping S specification, it was also specified as a Targa – Porsche’s trend-setting solution to open-air motoring, featuring a fixed roll bar (integrated as an actual styling element) and a lift-out roof panel. It was originally sold in Florida, with a fashionable Signal Yellow exterior, black leatherette interior, and options such as factory air-conditioning, Koni dampers, and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt sound system – details confirmed recently by a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche Cars Great Britain, where the 911 has spent the latter part of its life.
Having undergone considerable restorative work in the UK in the early 2000s, along with a complete glass-out repaint in 2013, this Porsche deserves strong consideration from collectors eager to add an example of the last of the early 911 models carrying the desirable S moniker.