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911 Rennsport cars & coffee highlights

Total 911’s cars & coffee rocked up at the premises of 911 Rennsport last Sunday, 25th June, presenting an eclectic mix of 911 metal on display for the enthusiast to enjoy. set in the idyllic premises of 911 Rennsport’s Moreton-in-Marsh base, the event was attended by more than 40 Porsche 911s, ranging from early classics such as the 3.2 Carrera Clubsport right up to the latest examples of GT3 RS.

The Cars & coffee morning, held from 8am-midday, gave attendees the chance to take a look behind the scenes at 911 Rennsport, with owners Paul & Keith Cockell happy to show enthusiasts around some of the company’s bespoke Porsche 911 builds. The laid-back event for enthusiasts with 911s of all ages was blessed by glorious sunshine, and Total 911’s cameras were there to capture the stunning metal on display. Here’s the best of our gallery for you to enjoy.

 

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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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20 of the best collector’s Porsche 911s

What a difference a year makes. In issue 126 we presented you with 30 cars for a variety of budgets that would make for a good investment in 2015. As you’ll find out on page 32, we were right in almost every case as values increased from right across the entire 911 portfolio.

If you made the plunge as either a serial Porsche collector or an enthusiast with some spare cash, the chances are your investment has so far served you very well indeed.

For 2016, however, the outlook is somewhat different. The market has slowed as values have levelled out, casting a modicum of uncertainty over what is likely to happen next.

“Some cars that have overheated may come back down again in value,” says independent specialist Paul Stephens, while Mark Sumpter, owner of Paragon Porsche, says, “Originality and perfect documentation is more important than ever.”

White 1971 Porsche 911E

It’s far from doom and gloom when it comes to the Porsche market, though. This slowing of values has seen speculators weeded out as they move back into art and wine, which means these beloved cars are once again finding their way to those that cherish them most: the enthusiasts.

Besides, the rate at which values were increasing has slowed, but there are still gems out there to be had – models which, until now, may have avoided the limelight at auctions and specialist dealer forecourts around the globe.

More to the point, there are models of the Porsche 911 out there that you can still actually drive and profit from, a veritable silver lining for the true Porsche enthusiast.

That’s because, whereas 2015 was the year of the poster car, where great excess was perpetually lavished on halo models from the 911’s 53-year history, 2016 is to be the year of the underdog.

Porsche 993 C2S

As prices of popular Rennsport and GT cars have accelerated away, a chasm of disproportionality has been left in its wake when compared to the everyday icons in the 911’s repertoire.

Now that the widespread appeal of any Porsche 911 has, at last, been truly recognised by the wider public, attention is being turned to the cars that represent outstanding value for money rather than pure investment potential.

“The best way to look at it now is ‘Where is a safe place to put my money?’ and ‘What cars can I take out and use and not worry about my investment?’” Paul Stephens confirms. With that in mind, here are the 20 key cars that Total 911 is tipping for glory in 2016…

To find out which 20 cars made our list of the best collector’s Porsche 911s in 2016, pick up Total 911 issue 140 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy for home delivery, or download it to your digital device now.

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Sales Spotlight: 1983 Porsche 911 SC

Three years ago, you could have (potentially) jumped into an air-cooled Porsche 911 for under £10,000. It may not have been in perfect condition – far from it in many such cases – but if would have given you a taste for the luftgekühlt lifestyle on a minimal budget.

Fast-forward to the tail end of last year and the air-cooled Neunelfer market had gone berserk, with two years of month-on-month price rises, leaving the landscape looking somewhat different.

While Porsche 911 SCs may no longer be a sub-£10,000 entry point to the air-cooled market, the late Seventies/Early Eighties icon remains one of the cheapest (and best ways) to get behind the wheel of a classic Neunelfer, as shown by this example currently on offer at renowned specialist, Paul Stephens.

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Built in 1983, it is one of the last 911 SCs to roll out of Zuffenhausen and, therefore, benefits from the more powerful 204bhp version of the SC’s 3.0-litre flat six engine.

Originally a ‘Sport’ model, this black-on-black Porsche 911 SC has, at some point in its life, been de-spoilered to provide a more classic silhouette, although the larger Fuchs alloys have, thankfully, been retained.

Supplied to a dealer in Ohio, Paul Stephen’s SC claims to have only completed 88,000 miles (making it relatively unused for a car of its age) however, the car is lacking the majority of its service history and the ad blurb points out this cannot be warrantied.

PS Porsche 911 SC engine

Despite this, Paul Stephens definitely knows what it is looking for what it comes to classic Porsche 911s (especially ones of this era) and therefore, vouches that this 911 SC example’s mileage does appear to be genuine thanks to the general lack of wear. In fact, it looks it pretty great condition to us.

As a left-hand drive car, it may not appeal to all UK buyers however, with a £37,995 price tag (a result of the lack of history), this represents a fantastic opportunity to get yourself in on the air-cooled act for sensible money.

To check out this Porsche 911 SC in more detail, or to see more of the Porsche 911s on offer Paul Stephens, visit their website now.

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Total 911’s top five impact bumper Porsche 911s of all time

In 1974, to satisfy new US automotive regulations, the Porsche 911’s classic, long-nose shape was (according to many) sullied by the addition of impact bumpers, designed to keep their shape in a 5mph accident.

While the ‘accordion’ design is definitely unsightly compared to the simple elegance of the pre-impact bumper generation, it would be unfair to say that the G-Series of Porsche 911s didn’t turn out a few icons though.

We’ve trawled through the archives (and our own data file) to pick the five best impact bumper Porsche 911s of all time. So, without further ado, here they are in reverse order:

5) Porsche 911 SC
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Sometimes forgotten among the plethora of other impact bumper Porsche 911s, over 60,000 911 SCs (the combination of the previous 911S and 911 Carrera variants) were built between 1978 and 1983, making it the second most popular neunelfer ever.

4) Porsche 930 3.0
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The original Porsche 911 Turbo, launched just one year after the introduction of the impact bumpers, became an instant icon with its incredible acceleration and eye-catching looks. Even 40 years on, its impact hasn’t been lessened, especially in an age of evermore-homogenised sports cars.

3) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS
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Available only in ‘Lightweight’ specification, the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with its 3.0-litre engine was Zuffenhausen’s first true road racer. Only 109 ever left the factory with the six right-hand drive cars known by their individual colours.

2) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport
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The Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 was the Eighties sports car icon, especially in Guards Red or Grand Prix White. The Clubsport version saw the engine blueprinted and 50kg of weight saved, creating a more focussed driver’s car that is now enjoying soaring values.

1) Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI
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While the impact bumper era may not have been universally welcomed, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 proved that Zuffenhausen’s G-Series cars could still excite. In ‘Rest of the World’ spec, the Carrera 2.7 used the running gear from the iconic 1973 911 Carrera RS making for an exhilarating experience.

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