For the 1974 model year, ten years after the 911 made its premiere, Porsche responded to a number of changes in US standards and regulations regarding safety and emission standards by giving the 911 a comprehensive makeover. By redesigning the body and introducing a number of major modifications to the engine, Porsche was able to create a platform that satisfied the constantly changing regulations that faced the automotive industry in the 1970s and 80s. The new platform was designated the G-series, a platform so successful it lasted over 15 years.
The bodywork for the 911 was redesigned from the beltline down, keeping the familiar 911 silhouette. The most dramatic change was the large aluminum impact bumpers with collapsable rubber bellows and shock absorbers integrated into the redesigned fenders and hood. In late 1975, Porsche addressed the issue of corrosion by galvanizing the body panels on both sides. Not only did the galvanizing process ensure longevity, but it also preserved the overall rigidity and crash safety characteristics of the body.
The 2.7 liter 911S engine received Continuous Injection System (CIS) in place of the mechanical injection of previous years as well as a new, quieter exhaust system and an air pump to heat the exhaust gases for reduced emissions. By the 1977 model year, all engines complied with the California emissions standard. The engine fan was revised to be quieter while the engine was in operation by reducing the number of vanes from 11 to 5. All models in the G-platform lineup received larger fuel tanks and batteries, along with a space-saver spare tire beneath the front hood. In the cabin, defroster and center air vents were added along with an electronic blower for the heating system. An electronic speedometer sensor allowed for the addition of cruise control.
This five-speed Silver Metallic 911S is nicely equipped and in overall excellent condition with just over 25,000 miles. The black leatherette interior features the optional sport seats with basketweave inlays, and appears as new with no creases, scrapes, or wear on the bolsters. The 380mm sport steering wheel compliments the sport buckets and as with the rest of the interior shows no discernable wear. The electric sunroof option was selected, and a Blaupunkt radio provides an alternative soundtrack to the 2.7-liter flat-six singing at the rear. The 911S now wears Pirelli P6000 tires on the original forged Fuchs wheels.
This 911S is an excellent example of what has become a favorite entry-level 911 for enthusiasts and offers a tremendous return on the dollar in terms of pure driving joy.
380mm Sports Steering Wheel
Forged Alloy Wheels
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