This is just the coolest, most fun car we have had in stock for a while, she is a 1973 Porsche 911T 2.4 Targa, finished in Light Yellow with Black Houndstooth Interior, just as she left the factory. She was completed in April 1973 and sold new by Porsche Cars Italy so is a desirable European supplied, Left Hand Drive example. She has been comprehensively restored in the last 3 years and is now in a near concours condition. She drives perfectly, has a large service history of recent invoices, and is ready for the summer! She is fully UK Registered and MOT'd and ready to drive away.
Since Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356, the car has continuously amazed aesthetes, engineers, and driving enthusiasts, on its way to being known as a 'modern classic'. When planning the 911 designers retained the 356's rear-engine layout, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favor of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 liters and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
In 1966, Porsche introduced the 911S, the first of a multitude of upgrades the 911 would realize throughout its history. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp, the increased urge raising top speed by 10mph to 135mph. A lengthened wheelbase introduced in 1969 improved the 911's handling, and then in 1970 the engine underwent the first of many enlargements - to 2.2 liters.
The 911T (Touring) had been introduced as a new base model in 1967, initially with the 2-liter engine in 110bhp form before gaining the 2.2-liter unit, along with the rest of the range, in 1969. The T's power output then was 125bhp, increasing to 130bhp with the introduction of the 2.4-liter engine for 1972. For the latter part of the 1973 Porsche 911 production run, the 2.4 flat six engine was equipped with Bosch's newly developed and very reliable fuel injection system called CIS, further upping the performance to 140bhp. The CIS system would carry over in later 911 models for the next decade. Tenacious adhesion, responsive steering, very good flexibility, superb brakes, meticulous finish and a solid, resilient feel were just some of the virtues praised by Motor magazine in its test of a Porsche 911T in 1973. The model was discontinued that same year, and marks the end of the first generation, long-hood 911.
Delivered new to Rome, Italy this late ‘long hood’ example, has been treated to an extensive restoration in recent years. she was the 149th Targa built in 1973. The original engine has been replaced with an identical type engine from the same series and, incredibly, only 300 numbers apart from the original. Externally the panels have been refurbished where required and the Targa roof bar refreshed. The interior has also been restored with an original Blaupunkt radio fitted and new carpets and seats, the seats are presented in a chequered pepita houndstooth pattern and a bucket seat sports design. The brightwork has been re-chromed and new lights were installed at the front and rear. All the work was carried out by a respected Porsche Specialist here in the UK. The comprehensive history file that accompanies the car details previous maintenance work and includes an MoT test certificate valid until 1st September 2020, and a current UK V5 registration document. This very well-presented example is mechanically superb with wonderful direct steering, all in all making for a very pleasurable drive. For any lover of early '70s Porsches, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire an original European delivered Targa, with the larger 2.4 engin, in an attractive colour combination for a great price.