Porsche 911 2.7 ultimate buyer’s guide
This isn’t the first time a 2.7-litre 911 has appeared on the pages of Total911.com but it thoroughly deserves another airing in issue 140. Why? Because it marks a rather significant chapter in the development of the Neunelfer – the introduction of the G-Series models.
The preceding F-Series had been successful cars for Porsche, not only selling in useful numbers, but also being revered for their delicate styling and impressive performance.
It was time for a change though, and the most obvious of those – even to the casual observer – was the adoption of impact bumpers. A legislative requirement, they were well integrated into the 911 shape and defined the model right up to the launch of the 964 some 15 years later.
Down to business then, and it’s worth acknowledging that a 911 that’s more than 40 years old is going to involve some corrosion. The metalwork was galvanised from 1976 using a hot-dip protection process, but the threat of rampant tin-worm is ever present, bringing with it the potential for terrifying restoration costs.
Filler-laden bodges are a risk, so scrutiny from a specialist is vital before parting with any money. But if you want to undertake a preliminary check there are numerous places where rust can lurk.
The front wings will rust around the wheel arches so have a good prod around the lip of the arch, and examine the headlamp bowls and around the fuel filler. It’s also worth checking the security of those impact bumpers as the mountings can succumb to rot.
And, while on the subject, they are made of aluminium, which can become badly pitted – if they are rescuable, then costly stripping, media blasting, and repainting is the only answer. Replacing them is also not cheap as a new rear item is around £1,000 before fitting.
The front luggage compartment will also need careful scrutiny, focusing on the floor, inner wings, and panel seams, while the areas around the fuel tank and battery could also have been compromised with expensive consequences.
Indeed, it’s an area that marks some of the key changes for the 2.7, among them a change to a single battery rather than the previous twin items. There was also the addition of a deflated space-saver spare tyre with an electric pump should the worst happen, which in turn allowed the fitment of a larger fuel tank to take advantage of the car’s new-found efficiency.
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