All you ever wanted to know about RHD early 911 glove box lids and a bit more
December 1st, 2020
The tiny details matter. To some of us anyway! We recently spent some time researching the details of glove box lids on early RHD 911s. This is what we found. On cars from the 1965-66 model years, the lock was towards the top of the lid in the middle with a small pull-handle above and the model designation was in italics on the right. It was the same layout as on LHD cars of the same period. Examples are shown in John Bolster's April 1966 Autocar road test of FGX 911C and, in a picture of LGK 6D, in Peter Morgan's Original Porsche 911. The first two RHD cars may have been exceptions to the extent that they may not have had the model designation scripts.

For the 1967 model year, the strip of wood trim across the lower part of the dash was replaced with anodised trim on the base models and basket weave vinyl on the 911S. The glove box lock and model designation - now in block font rather than italics – moved to the left of the lid on RHD cars from the centre and right respectively. The small pull-handle was replaced by a lip across the top of the lid. The lock on RHD cars was now in the same place as on LHD cars of the period, but the model designation was in a mirror image position. The revised layout is shown in the October 1966 Autocar road test of LYY 911D - the first UK 911S. 

For the 1968 model year, the basket weave on the 911S was replaced by a heavier so-called elephant hide vinyl. Peter Morgan's Original Porsche 911 has a picture of a very nice example. The following year, all models reverted to basket weave and the model designation seems to have gone back to the right. It presumably made sense at the time.

For the 1970 model year, and first of the 2.2-litre cars, a plastic surround was added to the lock. In 1971, the lock went back to the middle of the lid. In 1972, for the first of 2.4-litre cars, basket weave was replaced by plain vinyl, the lock was fitted with a larger twist catch and the model designation was deleted. Finally, in 1973, on the 2.7 RS lightweight, of which there are just 17 RHD examples, the glove box lid itself was famously deleted. At least, that’s the story we were told. The miniscule number of cars that have come to market recently all seem to have one!

Robert Barrie E&OE