Oldschool Porsche fans are an unusually stubborn bunch. When the Porsche 928 came along in 1977 to replace the “tired,” rear-engined 911, Porsche’s customer-base cried foul. The engine was in the “wrong” place, they said, perched in the front of the car instead of hanging over the rear-axle. And, of course, it was water-cooled.
To many, then, an air-cooled, rear-engined Porsche is the only “proper” Porsche to be had. As a result, while perfectly fine examples of the 928, 924, 944, and even 914 continue to be offered at criminally-low prices, the cost of an air-cooled Porsche 911 in decent nick continues to skyrocket.
Take, for instance, this 1972 Porsche 911T listed on eBay for a whopping $105,000. With its 2.2-liter flat-6 engine, the Porsche 911T was no slouch, but no rocket, either. In fact, the 911T was introduced as a replacement for the four-cylinder Porsche 912, and offered less power than the “standard” 911L.
So, here we have a basic, “budget” Porsche 911T, being sold for over $100k, with only its engine configuration and lack of a water pump offered as justification for its stratospheric price tag. Of course, this example also happens to be quite pristine; only 66k miles are on the clock, and it’s rust-free, without requiring any patching or abatement at any point during its life.
This 1972 Porsche 911T also has plenty of factory S-options, according to the owner: sway bars, an oil cooler, S-model brakes, Koni shocks, and the S-model front spoiler. Clearly it’s been well cared-for since it was first sold in March of 1972, in the Netherlands.
This Porsche 911T is undoubtedly a lovely example, and one that we would be very fortunate to ever get our mitts on. It’s not the car, but the unjustifiably high cost of entry that we have trouble stomaching.