Porsche 911T 2.0 v 2.4: the people’s 911
When three generations of Porsche 911S cars assembled for our issue 120 cover, their combined worth totalled, at that time, just over the £500,000 mark. Such is the value of those esteemed ‘Super’ 911s that for the price of just one, you could feasibly buy a 2.0, 2.2 and a 2.4-litre Porsche 911T.
However, while the 911S was always destined to become an icon, the humble 911T is no less important to the legacy of Butzi Porsche’s legendary flat-six sports car.
Between 1967 and 1973, Zuffenhausen – along with independent plant partner Karmann – produced 38,333 Porsche 911Ts, over double the number of any other 911 model during the same period.
In fact, over those six years, the 911T outsold every other 911 variant combined. The proliferation of 911Ts is no doubt the biggest factor in their current values. However, while the ‘Touring’ may not be destined to set any outright auction records any time soon, its sales success in the 1960s and ’70s guarantees its place as one of the most popular classic 911s.
The T’s journey starts in 1967 with the introduction of the ‘A’ Series of 911. Up until this point, the 911 range had been remarkably simple: one model developing 130 horsepower, later joined by the 160-horsepower 911S at the tail end of 1966.
For the 1967 model year though, Porsche would expand the line-up to three cars. The ‘911’ was replaced with the 911L, a car bookended by the S and the new 911T, a 110-horsepower foundation to the neunelfer range.
Based on the famous short-wheelbase platform, the ‘A’ Series 911T featured a down-tuned version of the 91L’s 2.0-litre engine. To keep costs down, this 901/03 flat six utilised cast iron cylinders, lower compression pistons (yielding an 8.6:1 compression ratio) and a different crank design.
The weight-bearing camshafts were revised to give less lift to the 42-millimetre intake and 38-millimetre exhaust valves while the twin Weber 40IDT3C carburettors featured a simpler design than the 40IDA and 40IDS units found on the 911L and 911S respectively.
To read our full history of the Porsche 911T, including a head-to-head test drive of the first and last iterations, get Total 911 issue 127 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online or download it straight to your digital device.