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911 Carrera Targa 2.7 – 210 ch [1974]

Squirrels Store Nuts In 1974 Porsche 911 Targa 2.7

The wildlife know how to live it up in Switzerland.

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Une Porsche 911 Targa 2.7 de 1974 remplie de noix dans son compartiment moteur

Une Porsche 911 Targa 2.7 de 1974 a récemment été sauvée en Suisse suite à une longue immobilisation. En ouvrant son capot moteur, un grand garde-manger d’écureuils a été découvert avec étonnement. Durant sa longue immobilisation suite à son abandon, des écureuils suisses ont passé leurs journées à remplir cette Porsche 911 Traga avec des …

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Video: A history of the Porsche 911 Targa

 

In 2017, the Porsche 911 Targa – the original open top Neunelfer – will reach its 50th birthday, a remarkable milestone for a model that was originally devised to meet safety regulations that were, ultimately, never implemented.

To celebrate the upcoming anniversary, we’ve decided to look back over the Targa’s half a century of history in our latest video, taking you through the evolution of the model from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 Targa 4S.

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Our five-minute flick also stars a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa from esteemed specialist, Canford Classics, the original impact bumper iteration showing how the latest open-top Neunelfers has both changed and been inspired by Zuffenhausen’s iconic roll hoop design.

We’ve put the two idiosyncratic roof systems to the test too and, if you missed our road trip with the 991.2 version in Total 911 issue 142, Features Editor, Josh gives you his opinion from behind the wheel of the new 911 Targa to see if turbocharging has improved the alfresco driving experience.

For more of the latest and best Porsche 911 videos, check out our dedicated film section now.

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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa

As we explored in the last issue of Total 911, classic Porsche 911 Targas are no longer an unloved afterthought; Neunelfer enthusiasts are now specifically hunting for these idiosyncratic open top sports cars.

Of these classic Targas, not many are more desirable than the variant based on the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI, the iconically engined 911 that shares much with the legendary 2.7 Carrera RS.

Built at the start of the impact-bumper era, the 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa didn’t sell in huge numbers in the UK. In fact, in 1975 (the middle year of production) just six right-hand drive examples were built. This gorgeous 1975 Guards Red car, for sale at UK specialist, Tech9, is one of them.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa front

While 1974 Carreras came with the option of the iconic ducktail wing, for the following year the Turbo’s new whale tail design was standard equipment, providing a more modern aesthetic.

Interestingly, as an early 1975 car, Tech9’s 2.7 Carrera Targa features a number of more classic features, including ’74 style Fuchs (finished in the correct satin silver and black) and window trim with a stainless steel Targa hoop, rather than the more popular black finish.

The aesthetic touches are all confirmed by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity though, as is the matching numbers nature of the famous 911/83 engine and Type 915 five-speed gearbox.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa engine

Having covered 125,000 miles during its life, you may expect the Guards Red 911 Carrera 2.7 to be rather worn out. However, contrary to expectations, Tech9’s example is presented immaculately, having been well looked after by a number of Porsche Club GB owners.

Considering the quality of the car, as well as the host of original parts still fitted (including the rare throttle bodies and even the driver’s manual), the £175,000 asking price looks pretty justified to us.

For more information on this 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa, or any of the other Porsche 911s available at Tech9, visit the UK specialist’s website now.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa interior

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Rise of the classic Porsche 911 Targa

Born out of necessity, the Targa is an enduring if sometimes unloved model in the 911 range. Its inception was the result of Porsche’s obvious desire to offer an open-topped version of the 911 in the 1960s, though early 911s lacked the structural rigidity to offer a full open top.

Fate would intervene, with proposed US safety legislation effectively killing development of conventional Cabriolets thanks to the anticipated demand for roll-over protection. Given the potential of the US market and as Porsche is not one to shy away from the insurmountable, it took a more unconventional approach to give customers an open-air choice.

The solution was the Targa in 1967, which featured a full rollover hoop, to which a removable panel was fitted. On the earliest, short-wheelbase cars there was also a removable ‘soft’ rear window, which simply unzipped. Somewhat amusingly, Porsche’s safety-orientated open-top car took its name from a famously dangerous road race, the Sicilian Targa Florio.

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Coincidentally though, ‘Targa’ in Italian refers to an ancient shield; fitting given the Targa’s safety-derived inception. That US legislation would never materialise, though the Targa would remain Porsche’s only open-topped 911 until the Cabriolet joined the line-up in 1982.

The Targa added little weight over its Coupe relations, the roll hoop adding strength while the lightweight roof counteracted the additional weight of the four strengthened panels. The tooling costs were minimal, too, with most of the sheet metal below the waistline unchanged from the Coupe.

The removable rear window didn’t last long though, Porsche soon replacing it with that evocative curved glass, which was as much a signature of the Targa as that brushed Nirosta stainless steel finished roll-over bar (which later changed to black aluminium).

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That formula would remain from its late 1960s introduction through to the 964 series. The arrival of the 993 Targa in 1996 would see it adopt a large glass-opening sunroof, which slid behind the rear window.

This remained the case with the 996 and 997 models, which also benefitted from opening rear glass, creating a hatchback 911 as such. From the 993 onwards though, the Targa was no longer so visually distinct from its Coupe relations.

Only a company with the stubbornness of Porsche would persist in offering more than one open-top model in its range. At times when Porsche offered Speedsters, customers had as many as three ways of opening their 911 to the elements. The Targa could have quietly slipped away following the 993, 996 and 997 iterations.

To read ‘Targa Rising’ in full, pick up Total 911 issue 141 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now. 

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