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1973 1/2 Porsche 911T Targa

  • Black on black with desirable long-nose configuration and targa top
  • Equipped with matching-numbers 2.4-litre, six-cylinder engine, rebuilt in 2002 and five-speed manual transaxle
  • Many factory options including power windows, Fuchs wheels, Blaupunkt stereo and front spoiler

VIN: 9113111904

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One of the most iconic sports cars ever produced, Porsche's 911 has remained in production for nearly 60 years thanks to its timeless yet evocative styling and dynamic performance. Although the 911 would subtly evolve over time, the enduring flagship guaranteed the 911 would never go out of style. An important year for the 911, this 1973 1/2 example pairs the last year of the desirable, long-nose hood and final year for the 2.4-litre, six-cylinder engine with Porsche's signature targa top, built to delight any day under the open sky.

Largely penned by Ferry Porsche's son, Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, the 911 was launched at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show and the alluring model has continued in production to this very day. The 1973 1/2 model is a significant and collectible 911 year for myriad reasons, one of which is that it is the last year for the striking long-nose hood that would be shortened in 1974. The second half of the production year of 1973 also saw the mechanical fuel injection switch to the Bosch CIS (centralized fuel injection) to accommodate emission regulations in the American market. In terms of styling, this model also boasts a targa top that was a fortuitous by-product of the rumor mill. In the mid-Sixties, there was a looming threat that the United States was going to ban full convertibles. With German engineering ingenuity, Porsche came up with the targa top in response. It has become one of the most iconic design elements of its generation and would spur a number of look-alikes on the global market for years to come. The targa top, coupled with the longer nose and the 2.4-litre powerhouse, rounds out the whole package and represents the 911 with undeniable Cold War swagger.

Chassis number 9113111904 has two known previous owners and is presented today with its original, matching engine, number 6135165. This 1973 1/2 Porsche 911T Targa was sold by Porsche/Audi Eastern out of Orangeburg, New York to Lawrence Biltekoff of Snyder, New York who kept all the service records throughout his tenure with the car. He sold the car to Carol and Marc A. Earp who were also careful stewards with the car's records as it still retains its original owner's manual, Porsche engine warranty book, original window sticker, maintenance and other records as well as the Blaupunkt radio manual. It retains matching numbers aside from the CIS fuel-injection system, which was changed to European-option Weber carburetors, receipts included, for the automotive rumble that many Porsche enthusiasts still crave. The engine was fully rebuilt in 2002, with receipts on file. The original silver paint was changed to black many years ago and it has enjoyed a life of enjoyment since. There is some paint scuffing around the hood and subtle flaws elsewhere, but the targa top remains glossy; the brightwork and attractive original polished Fuchs wheels look great with a spare in the tidy boot. Entrance into the cockpit reveals old weather-stripping, but the all-black cabin exudes character.

The factory-option, patinated black leather seats are akin to a well-worn motorcycle jacket that beckons the driver to turn up Kraftwerk full blast and rev that 2.4-litre, six-cylinder engine while punching through the five, sheer driver-enjoyment gears. The carpeting is tidy for its age and the gauges look clear and crisp against the factory-option leather-wrapped steering wheel with the Porsche crest in the center. "Made in Western Germany," as attested by the door panel's stamped 936-9-3 code, this black-on-black 911T is everything a Cold War Porsche 911 should be and looks it as well.

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