1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833

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1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa
Sold for £ 147,100 (US$ 194,891) inc. premium

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1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833 1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa  Chassis no. 9113310833
1973 Porsche 911S '2.4' Targa
Registration no. YND 443L
Chassis no. 9113310833
*Delivered new to Australia
*Right-hand drive
*Full mechanical and bodywork restoration
*Maintained by Prill Porsche Classics in the UK
*Full record of ownership

Footnotes

  • 'In these cars we see the fruits of all the development effort to produce an unmatched high performance sports car. The classic mainstream production 911 is a 2.4.' - Peter Morgan, 'Original Porsche 911'.

    For 1972, all Porsche 911 variants received the 2.4-litre (actually 2,341cc) engine, by which time the 911S featured the stronger Type 915 five-speed gearbox and 6"x15" alloy wheels as standard. Porsche had already tried a 2.4-litre engine in endurance racing, the stretch being achieved by lengthening the stroke, but the impetus for the larger unit's introduction came from the USA's ever more stringent emissions laws. Not sold in the USA, the 911S produced 190bhp, some 40 horsepower more than was on offer to American customers. The most obvious external change from the 2.2-litre models was the addition of a small chin spoiler, adopted to improve high-speed stability. For the 1974 model year, production switched to the 2.7-litre model, which was the first 911 to incorporate the large impact-absorbing bumpers disliked by many purists, for whom the '2.4' is the last 'old school' 911 and therefor all the more collectible.

    Exotic sports cars imported into Australia have always attracted huge duties, so this right-hand drive Porsche 911S Targa would have been extremely expensive; not surprisingly, it has been cherished by discerning owners. One of only four delivered new to Australia, the 911 is finished in special order Light Ivory (code 1110), and also features the desirable sports seats and ski racks. It is one of an estimated ten right-hand drive examples currently resident in the UK. The first keeper, a leading Sydney architect, enjoyed the Targa for 15 years before putting it into dry storage for a further six years. Photographs in the file show how rust-free the Targa remained, unlike many British and European examples.

    The second owner purchased the Porsche in 1994 and spent the next five years subjecting it to a full 'last-nut-and-bolt' bodywork and mechanical restoration at the cost of some AU$75,000, all details of which are recorded in the ample history file. It was deemed opportune to upgrade the engine with a 2.7-litre Porsche barrel and piston kit (a well regarded improvement) on a near-number, original engine case ('6379113') together with desirable SSI stainless exhaust manifolds, effectively rendering this low-key Targa a 2.7-litre RS roadster! The subsequent listed owners had the 911 well looked after at Australia's leading Porsche specialist, Autohaus Hamilton. The Targa's superb condition is a testament to the standard of this restoration and service work.

    In June 2014, the Porsche was imported into the UK by Octane magazine's International Editor, Robert Coucher. 'YND 443L' featured on the front cover of Octane's January 2015 edition alongside the current 911 Targa, and has appeared several times in the magazine's regular 'Octane Cars' column.

    On its arrival in the UK, the 911 was sent to Prill Porsche Classics to be checked and serviced by the UK's leading specialist, Andy Prill. He describes the Targa as, 'an excellent example with all the desirable options and of course, the 2.4S engine. An extremely rare 911.' Prill has replaced the end-of-life fuel tank with a new original Porsche item, date stamped 1973, together with anti-roll bar bushes, new, correct Pirelli Cinturato 185/70VR15 CN36 radial tyres, and a new MFI electric fuel pump.

    Meticulously set up by Prill, 'YND 443L' is now extremely quick and a superb driver's car – light, nimble, sharp, and reliable, as well as being very beautiful and extremely rare in right-hand drive configuration. Full ownership records are on file, and the car also comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity; MoT to July 2017; UK V5C registration document; the driver's manual and pack; and the original sales receipt and maintenance records. The original engine crankcase is supplied with the car.
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