1974 Porsche Carrera TargaSOLD
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Estimate: $30,000-$50,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $38,500

Specifications:
167bhp, 2,687cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 90.6"

Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 901 concept was an evolution of the successful 356 in both design and superb rear-engine technology. Conceived by Ferry Porsche and his cousin Ferdinand Piech, the resultant 911 road car entered production in 1964.

By 1968, a Targa model was introduced – so named for Porsche ’ s successes in the celebrated Sicilian race, the Targa Florio. The Targa top allowed for open-air motoring by way of a rubberized insert that could be removed. When in place, it attached to the windshield frame and a brushed stainless steel roll hoop. Regardless of its popular appeal, or lack thereof, it provided rollover protection not offered by any cabriolets. Loved or not, nearly half of the 911s sold in the early 1970s were Targas. Not all, however, were Carrera Targas. As an evolution of the European Carrera RS, the American Carreras, first introduced in 1974, had the same, larger engine as a 911S, wider rear tires, a “ ducktail ” rear spoiler, and distinctive Carrera lettering on the lower body-sides.

This particular 911 Carrera is one such early Targa, shipped to the United States in 1974. Its rust-free and virtually flawless body is painted Aubergine Black, one of fourteen unusual Carrera colors that year. This color extends to the original Porsche wheels with black spokes and is offset nicely by the distinctive red Carrera lettering. The interior is upholstered throughout in red leather and, save an aftermarket radio unit, appears to be original and in good overall condition. While the mileage currently stands at 77,000, the original 2.7-liter motor, five-speed transmission, and clutch were rebuilt after 52,000 miles. Notable additional features include a heated rear window and distinctive ducktail spoiler, which immediately preceded the “ whale-tail ” spoiler of 1976.

The 911 Carrera Targa of the mid-1970s set the standard for future generations of well-established Porsche sports cars. As the 356 Speedster that came before it, the Targa design proved enormously appealing to the American public and an instant stateside success. In conjunction with its Carrera engine, the 1974 Targa offered here is the epitome of serious Stuttgart performance cloaked in trendsetting Porsche design.

Reference Number 11637

as of 7/24/2007

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Car 1974 Porsche Carrera Targa
VIN 9114410108 
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