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Time warp Targa

There’s a Porsche marketing poster, released at the time of the 996 Carrera 4S Cabriolet launch in 2002, which says ‘Every hour a Porsche spends parked: you cannot get that time back.’ It’s a wonderful piece of marketing that should perhaps make a comeback, given the propensity today among buyers to acquire a 911 and then park it in the hope of making a buck some day in the distant future.

However, historically speaking, the concept of a Porsche being left motionless for a prolonged period of time isn’t unheard of, though more often than not this was due to financial burden, not investment. The 911 wasn’t as valuable a sports car as today’s markets would have you believe, and so if a used example developed a major problem, this could easily signal the end of its working life, the expense to fix it often impractical or even uneconomical for its owner.

Anguished to sell the car on, owners simply garaged their pride and joy in the hope of one day fixing or restoring the 911 back to its former glory. Sometimes this played out as fairytale, other times it didn’t, the car lost and forgotten about for years – decades, even – until one day being rediscovered by a family member or otherwise. These cars are called barn finds.

Let’s face it, we all love a genuine barn find story. Famous for the chronicles physically etched in their coachwork, they are a time warp, a total motoring preserve of a bygone era. Bedecked in patina, these are the cars that undeniably peak the interest of an enthusiast over a car that’s been completely restored. The car has a story to tell, and we want to hear about it.

David Gooding of leading auction house Gooding & Co exemplifies this, telling us in issue 156, “People prefer more genuine human stories with a car that has much more meaning to it – that’s why a barn find is the most pure classic you can have.” As classic 911 values have increased in recent years, so has the rate at which these barn find cars are being unearthed, each story seemingly more enchanting than the last. The tale of the barn find in front of you, however, is frankly the stuff of legend…

To read the full article, be sure to pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 157 now. You can order your copy here or download from Apple Newsstand or Google Play

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Canford Classics Porsche Pull-In 4 highlights

The last British bank holiday weekend before Christmas brought us perfect weather in which to get out and enjoy our Neunelfers. And, for many 911 enthusiasts situated around the south coast, that included a visit to Canford Classics for their fourth annual Porsche pull-in.

A growing tradition for the August long weekend, Canford’s annual open day promises access all areas to their impressive premises, lots of Porsche metal to gawp at, and at least one hundred like-minded enthusiasts to talk Porsche with for the morning. Hell, even a complimentary bacon bap and cup of tea is thrown in for good measure!

Canford reckon this year’s Porsche pull-in was the best yet, with a record attendance to the barns at Winterbourne Kingston throwing up a great variety of cars old and new, from early 912s right up to a 2017 Targa GTS.

In case you missed it, we’ve posted a selection of pictures below from the day, our shots coming courtesy of the talented young photographer Ryan Jeffery.

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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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Porsche exotica at Canford Classics 2016 open day – part two

There were just too many incredible cars at Canford Classic’s latest open day to confine to a single gallery; the workshop was full of Slate Grey Neunelfers and the independent specialist’s latest RSR project while the yard was packed with Porsches of all flavours, from 356s to a 997.2 GT3.

If you missed out on attending and can’t wait for next year’s event, our massive two-part gallery will help you to relive Canford Classic’s 2016 open day. Enjoy part two!

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Porsche exotica at Canford Classics 2016 open day – part one

Every year, renowned Porsche specialist, Canford Classics hold an open day at their rural Dorset headquarters (little more than a stone’s throw away from Total 911’s offices).

Welcoming all flavours of Zuffenhausen enthusiast, Canford’s annual ‘cars and coffee’ event always draws a delectable selection of Porsche machinery, with this year’s get-together no exception. If anything the level of exotica in 2016 was higher than ever.

From a replica Porsche 908 to Canford’s own RSR project, the workshop was crammed with stunning Zuffenhausen metal that was only topped by some exquisite cars brought along by local owners and customers. With a brace of 3.2 Clubsports, a 964 Carrera RS to a 997.2 GT3 (just to name a few), it was hard to know where to look.

If you missed out on attending and can’t wait for next year’s event, our massive two-part gallery will help you to relive Canford Classic’s 2016 open day. Enjoy part one!

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