Lot Number
48
1973 Porsche 911T Targa


Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $70,000 - $90,000
CHASSIS NO: 9113110557
• Original California car with original floor pans and body panels
• Numbers matching rebuilt engine; recently serviced
• Highly-equipped with factory options and amenities
• Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

2,341 cc air-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, carbureted, 140 HP at 5,600 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.3"


Continuing their incomparable tradition for engineering excellence, Porsche’s dedicated engineers relentlessly developed and improved the 911 from launch, thereby ensuring its uncanny ability to adapt to the fast-changing demands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Collectively, the E- and F-Series 911 models of 1972 and 1973 are a perfect case in point as the ultimate expression of the so-called “long hood, small bumper” models that first appeared for 1969 and marked the first major update of the 911.

Continuing in T (Touring), E (Einspritzung = fuel injected), and S (Super) models, the 911 was most significantly updated for 1972 with an engine displacement increase from 2.2 to 2.4 litres (2,341 cc) with a longer stroke offsetting lower compression ratios to cope with unleaded gasoline. While Detroit’s “Big Three” and Porsche’s European rivals struggled to comply with tighter U.S. emissions regulations, the engineering wizards from Stuttgart broadened the 911’s power curve and increased torque for greater overall flexibility. Mechanical fuel injection was added beginning in 1972 for examples of the 911T destined for the United States and certain Asian markets. In addition to the heightened performance offered by all of the 2.4-litre cars of 1972 and 1973, they were further upgraded with the availability of the stronger Type 915 gearbox derived from that used by Porsche’s 908 racing cars. Many other detail refinements comprehensively addressed the 911’s chassis, exterior, and mechanical systems.

The 911T was a surprisingly strong performer, a fact confirmed in period road tests. Acceleration from rest to 60 mph was achieved in just 8.0 seconds and top speed approached 130 mph. In contrast to the relatively high-strung 911S, Road & Track testers also found the 911T delivered exceptional drivability and all-around flexibility in real-world driving conditions. A virtual fixture on many, if not all, “greatest car” lists compiled by the motoring press, Porsche’s 911 remains an unqualified sporting icon for its purity of design and excellent race-bred engineering. In particular, legions of today’s collectors and marque enthusiasts continue to favor Porsche’s pre-1974 911 models for their lightness, simple, uncluttered styling, and, of course, all-around performance.

Finished in Light Ivory over black leatherette, this 1973 Porsche 911T Targa is an original U.S. delivery example, offered complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming original data. In addition to a desirable five-speed manual gearbox, features and options include chrome fender trim strips, full tinted glass, and the Comfort Equipment package, plus forged alloy wheels, Koni shock absorbers, and front and rear stabilizer bars for a decidedly sporting drive and great overall presence. The vehicle was previously purchased out of Huntington Beach, California, where it emerged from 20 years of dry storage. Since then, the engine was freshly rebuilt, the intake system was converted from fuel injection to more effective carburetion, and the engine compartment fully detailed. Numerous other service items were performed amounting to a ready to drive and enjoy Porsche.

This desirable 911T Targa retains its factory-original interior, plus the original floor pans, and original body panels. Only an approximate 71,000 original miles have been traveled. A truly rare, unadulterated, and high-specification example with numbers matching the Certificate of Authenticity, this 1973 Porsche 911T Targa marks a truly exciting find and the end of an era as a final-series “long hood, small bumper” 911.

1973 Porsche 911T Targa
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