Porsche 911 2.4 S Specification Targa 1973
1973 was a great time for Porsche, with the 911 now a decade old, they had developed it into a range of understated but beautifully engineered road cars that were the direct result of their involvement in motorsport.
The Targa version (named after their success in the Targa Florio) allowed the driving experience of a 911 with benefit of a removable panel for open air motoring and had a solid roll bar which was now fitted with a fixed rear window. Unlike a traditional convertible, this offered genuine roll over protection and virtually no wind buffeting with the roof removed.
The 911S was the most powerful Targa version in period, and original examples are highly coveted today, with prices of circa 200k being commanded for RHD examples.
This 911 2.4 Targa was originally supplied in RHD T specification in June 1973, and finished in Gemini blue.
There is extensive and continuous history / mots with the car showing regular maintenance and up keep during the last 43years.
Sometime in the 80s (DVLA records show from 1984) the engine was replaced with a genuine 2.4S unit, and with the low price of used engines at the time, we can only assume this was more cost effective than rebuilding the existing T engine, plus it had the added bonus of considerably more power.
There are also records of substantial restoration, and a total colour change to 936 silver metallic in 2005.
In 2007 JZM rebuilt the suspension and brakes, plusfitted a new fuel tank and in 2011 the car went to Autofarm where it had a gearbox and engine rebuild. Further bodywork was carried out by Impact Performance in 2012 including a full respray.
During the period from 2005 to date it appears nearly £70,000 has been spent on maintenance and restoration of this Targa.
An interesting twist to the story came last year when a chap who had purchase a 2.4S Coupe realised it wasn’t matching numbers as he thought, so set about tracing his original engine which he located in this car. A deal was done with the owner so this car could be purchased and enable him to effectively reunite his 911S coupe with its correct engine. Ironically the engine in the back of the Coupe had also been rebuilt by Autofarm in 2011 too, so the history of both engines is traceable.
In 2015 Canford Classics carried out a documented heart transplant of the two engines allowing the Coupe to become a matching numbers car again, and this Targa to still have an excellent rebuilt genuine S spec engine.
On the road it is a strong and agile performer, that is far sharper than an original 911T, and will certainly fool all but the most knowledgeable with its genuine S engine and badges that it may be the real thing.
Clearly this one is not for the purist, but with only 53 RHD T Targas imported into the UK in 1973 and most of them rusted away, this solid RHD Targa offers a great opportunity to get into an original car, with genuine period upgrades, and for a fraction of the outlay required for a RHD 911S.
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