In March 1972, Porsche enthusiast Bill Goodman bought a brand new RHD Porsche 911 from the late, great John Aldington at AFN/Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited for the all-in sum of £4167. This event in itself is not greatly significant, save for the fact that, in March 1972, Bill Goodman was the President of Porsche Club Great Britain: a position he occupied from 1968 to 1974.
Bill was one of the original group of Porsche owners who met at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham in 1961, to discuss the foundation of a British Porsche club. The club was duly established and Bill was made Chairman in 1964. He worked tirelessly in that role to set out the foundations of what is now one of the world’s most respected Porsche groups, becoming President in 1968. Holding the presidency for six years, Bill remains fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Registered as CD 6299, the car was Bill’s first 911, following six 356 models in succession over fourteen years. As Bill himself would later say: “I have never been one to keep the same car – even a Porsche – for very long, and it took a 911 to interrupt that habit.”
Painted in sought-after Tangerine (also known as Blood Orange), Bill’s 911 was a simple original specification. The car was chosen for its notable torque at low revs and low weight as standard: two qualities which bode well for competition.
Bill was a keen driver and motorsport competitor and his 911T was soon spotted on the hillclimb circuit. The first major modification came in the form of an engine swap, the flat six from his wife’s 2.4S Targa finding its way into the back of the T. His best times came down a bit, but it was not a long-term solution.
The big change came following a conversation with Josh Sadler of Autofarm fame, who suggested building a high performance 3.0 Turbo engine that would offer the same power to weight as some of the single-seater race cars of the time. A change to later 3.0 RSR style accompanied the new engine, with AP brakes and a long list of associated modifications.
When Bill passed away in 2004, the car was handed down to his son, who kept it until 2009. Thereafter, it lived in and around the UK midlands until 2015, when it arrived at Tuthill Porsche in Wardington, Oxfordshire in search of a new owner.
Tuthills had a raft of customers interested in the rare RHD 1972 911: an original non-sunroof car in factory Tangerine with the distinctive side oil flap. Some wanted to restore it to original specification, but that was not in tune with its original owner. Run as a modified 911 since its earliest days, the ideal custodian would continue that trend and do justice to its legacy.
A candidate soon emerged, a price was agreed and a project was drawn up that would see a significant sum invested to create the car you see today. Featuring all of Tuthill’s expertise in building modified 911s for the ultimate driving experience, this 911 has covered just a few thousand miles since the build was completed. It is now for sale as the owner is streamlining his collection of classic cars.
911 specification: £150,000 spent since 2015
It would be impossible to list every upgrade and improvement brought to this car since its most recent change of owner. The detailed history dating back to the purchase invoice includes bills for almost £150,000 spent with Tuthill Porsche since 2015. This does not include the purchase price. No expense has been spared in creating the owner’s vision of the ultimate road-going RHD 911. A shortlist looks like this:
- Full body restoration including inner and outer sills, A and B-posts, kidney bowls, parcel shelf repairs, scuttle and windscreen aperture repairs, front slam panel replacement and more
- Complete steel-arch conversion to RSR spec
- Full body repaint in original Blood Orange/Tangerine
- All new interior including Recaro seats trimmed in leather with black Alcantara centres, black headlining, RS carpets, new sound deadening, custom dash with 10k tacho, bolt-in roll cage, new inertia reel seat belts and Tuthill harnesses
- Full Tuthill Porsche EXE-TC adjustable suspension, all suspension components replaced or rebuilt including upgraded 29mm rear torsion bars
- Full Tuthill Porsche braking system including adjustable twin master cylinder pedal box and billet aluminium 6-pot front/4-pot rear calipers
- A beautiful 2.7-litre twin plug engine with mechanical fuel injection, Kevlar engine shrouds, twin Classic Retrofit ignition units, custom SSI exhaust (including cabin heat) with bespoke silencer and fitted bumper. The engine alone makes up more than £50k of the total spend – it is simply magnificent
- Custom Tuthill gearbox with WEVO shifter, limited slip differential, 930 clutch fork and more
- Wheels: 9-inch and 11-inch BZ Classic rims in RSR finish, wrapped in Pirelli Corsa Classic 235/45 and 305/30 R15 tyres
- The sale includes the cherished registration that has been on the car since new. Optional additions include a car set of genuine 9-inch and 11-inch Fuchs wheels and a set of Cibie Pallas light units in body colour.
The current owner is a good friend and a very private individual, so he has asked me to help market the car on his behalf. I will be attending to all viewings and facilitating any inspections. The final payment will be a bank transfer direct to the owner.
This car is being sold to reduce a collection, so this is a straight sale: no part exchanges, thank you. We are happy to work with overseas buyers keen to take advantage of the current exchange rates.
The asking price is £139,995: substantially less than the cost to build and a very attractive price in this market given the history, provenance and top-line nature of all modifications. The car is currently valued for insurance at its estimated rebuild cost of £180,000 (including VAT but not including donor). Email me with any questions.