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1971 Porsche 911T Targa

  • Numbers-matching as per Porsche Classic Technical Certificate
  • Extensive restoration by marque expert
  • The last year for the carbureted T configuration
  • Documented with owner's manual and maintenance records

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The Porsche 911 is one of the longest-lived and most iconic sportscars of all time. Its timeless design and spirited performance make for an undeniably dynamic combination that is simply too perfect to ever go out of style. Its 2.2-litre, flat-six engine sings like an automotive cicada and demands the kind of driver engagement for which Porsche became known. Vintage examples of the 911, like this 1971 911T, are increasingly collectible today.

The 911 first debuted at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show as a more powerful and accommodating successor to Porsche’s four-cylinder Type 356. With styling largely penned by Ferry Porsche’s son, Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the 911 was launched into production, and the longest-enduring model of the marque was born. Over the years, Porsche has enhanced and revised the 911, but the model remains a flagship for the German producer 70 years later. Why mess with a good thing?

In 1971, Stuttgart produced a mere 3,476 examples of the 911 that thrived on the global market thanks to the nuanced updates to the original 1964 model. The refined, new 911 offered a longer wheelbase by 2.4 inches that resulted in an alluring longer nose. It also featured flared wheel arches, which not only accommodated larger wheels and tires to increase handling and grip, but it also looked all the more enticing as well. At the time, there was a threat that the U.S. was going to ban full convertibles, which led to the development of the perpetually popular Targa top in 1966. Thanks to the industry rumor mill, a new styling icon was born and continues to delight collectors and thrill-seekers. By 1970, the engine was upgraded from a 2.0-litre to a 2.2-litre engine with single overhead cams and two valves per cylinder; this was offered in three options: the carbureted T, the fuel-injected E, and the sport S. Although the S was lauded for its elevated horsepower, Road & Track has bested the carbureted T over the feisty S for sheer joy in driver engagement. The last year for a carbureted 911, the T leaves a legacy that many purists continue to prefer. The early examples of long-hooded 911s are also increasingly in demand with collectors across the globe.

This matching-numbers 1971 Porsche 911 Targa is offered in the desirable T configuration that represents the last year of a carbureted 911. It wears a beautiful cosmetic restoration by a marque expert prior to 2009 and has a restored, original powertrain, stunning ivory paint, with virtually flawless brightwork. The car retains its original owner’s manual, maintenance record, and paperwork from its initial dealer out of Arlington, Virginia where it was sold to Harry R. Jansen of Arlington, Virginia. This car has been issued a Porsche Classic Technical Certification in July 2023 which confirms it is a numbers-matching car. Robed in classic ivory with flawless stainless and gold brightwork over Fuchs Felge alloy wheels, the stainless targa pillars and black top are immaculate. Inside, the original black leatherette and matching interior presents with a mere whisper of patina that is a testament to its well-kept history. It has recently been serviced at Porsche Grapevine Classic Service Division and is wearing new tires. This beautiful 911 is poised for a fine collection and is ready to enjoy on the ultimate Sunday drive under an open targa top.

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