PORSCHE 911 2.7 COUPE, 1977, MANUAL GEAR BOX
Finished in Oak Green with Tan leather interior, this Porsche can only be described as absolutely stunning with great attention to detail.
This extraordinary 1977 example is believed to be a late J-Series. An original UK-supplied RHD model, it Has been fitted with a stronger SC manual gearbox to replace the original Sportmatic unit, work carried out by Michael Gleeson Porsche Specialist in 1989 costing £3,184. The Vehicle was driven for less than 1,000 miles before being laid up for the next 16 years.
It has now covered a total of 119,000 miles from new, its original engine having been overhauled at 100,000 miles with new pistons and liners, bearings and a crank regrind. During the total restoration which has just been completed, the engine was stripped, chemically cleaned and fitted with new valves, camchains and the usual tensioner modification and found to be in excellent condition.
This Porsche has had 900 hours spent on the restoration. The total expenditure on parts alone has exceeded £16,000, £10,000 of which has been with genuine Porsche-supplied components. Design 911 filled in most of the blanks that were unavailable from the original manufacturer, a massive sheaf of bills showing where and when the parts were sourced.
It is hard to describe the level of detail that has been put into this ‘labour of love’. Suffice to say that the body was stripped to the very barest shell and any corroded panel work was replaced by genuine Porsche replacements with the exception of the sills which were unavailable and came from Denmark. The rotisserie restoration included colour painting the whole shell in its original shade of Oak Green and the underside then received £300-worth of two-pack stone chip.
The suspension has been fully rebuilt with Turbo track rods, new suspension components and brakes, alloy fuel pipes, aeroquip hoses and every joint and bush is new along with all fastners. The rear torsion beam, often an area of hidden decay on a 911, has been rebuilt with stainless steel liners. A new fuel tank was installed and every removable panel underneath has been shot blasted and stove enamelled, including the normally completely hidden heater flap valves – yes, you really could eat your dinner off the underside of this car!
Inside, the interior has been stripped and restored, down to powder-coating the bare seat frames and fitting new door cards and hinges, bushes and check-strap bolts. The rear window hinges were very slightly pitted so these were replaced at a cost of over £100. It has been fitted a period Moto Lita wheel, although the original will be supplied with the car. It also has a period high-end TRIO stereo which has been ingeniously converted with an i-pod dock and an internal aerial to avoid drilling the pristine new front wing. The full tool kit has been restored and the correct compressor is also included.
“the details you can’t see are as good as those that you can”, in which case a restoration of this magnitude would no doubt cost well over £50,000, If you are after a top-flight 911, this stunning 2.7 is worthy of close inspection.