1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

This 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa wears one of my favorite exterior color combinations of Orange over Black. Stepping into the interior the combination comes in a slightly different hue and suddenly is one that I cannot recall seeing. That probably shouldn’t surprise us since contrasting Orange with Dark Blue wouldn’t seem the most likely of combinations, but here it looks good. There is a subtely to this blue that I think helps. A brighter blue might just look ridiculous. It isn’t clear that these colors are original as we must note the careful wording in the ad, but as a restored Carrera it looks really good. Its level of originality will determine whether the asking price makes sense.

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Year: 1974
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 64,188 mi
Price: $79,900 Buy It Now

Very rare, first year Carrera 2.7 Targa roof model representing one of only 246 USA examples ever made! Fitted with its number’s matching drivetrain, and restored impeccably to very high standards! Fully rebuilt engine to stock specifications, it remains exceptionally original inside and out! Great color combination!

Coming to the market for the first time was the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7, with American buyers received the CIS injection system from the S model, along with Carrera RS front & rear steel fender flares, Bilstein shocks, aluminum brake calipers, standard fiberglass RS ducktail rear spoiler, larger 20mm front and added 18mm rear sway bars, and optional dealer installed wider Fuchs alloys wheels. Porsche would supply the Targa roof model only 246 units to the USA market making them exceptional rare!

Offered here is a number’s matching 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa finished in Orange over Dark Blue interior! Coming from a private California collection, this is #32 of 246 factory built examples and has only break-in miles on a complete, professional restoration to both cosmetics and mechanicals! It features its stock, number’s matching 2.7L engine mated to its factory 915 5-speed manual transmission producing 175 horsepower and 235 lb. ft. of torque. Options include Blaupunkt AM/FM Stereo radio, leather wrapped steering wheel, electric clock & VDO instrumentation, front fog lamps, rear window defrost, polished Fushs alloys measure 15×7 up front and 15×8” at the rear wrapped in 60-series BF Goodrich g-force Sport rubber, and more!

Our example has lived the good life in California being sold to a dentist, John Meyer DDS, in September 1974 from Cutright Porsche-Audi based in Santa Monica, CA. It remained documented in his original service manual through 1976. It had changed ownership to a few Porsche enthusiasts over the years before receiving a remarkable 2008/2009 restoration to better than new caliber! During the meticulous restoration, the engine was removed for a top end rebuild by Advanced Engineering of Temecula, California. A full major service was also performed to include new drive belts, plug wires, CDI box replacement with Perma-Tune Electronic ignition, alternator, clutch with correct lightweight Carrera pressure plate and all the proper hardware to refurbish the engine compartment right down to the decal stickers! The vehicle maintains its rust free originality and factory sheet metal, while preserving and all reusable parts.

It was completely stripped with the engine removed and repainted period correct Porsche Orange (156) single stage paint in factory fashion. The interior is style pigskin leatherette with the rare light basket weave factory inserts in dark blue with factory silverknit nylon velour carpet in matching dark blue. It sports factory “black look” exterior trim, flexible lip front spoiler, and rear ducktail spoiler with Carrera script. This early production Carrera #32, (built August 1973) and not to be confused with the ROW units, is in superb condition and likely one of the most beautiful examples on the market today! It hails most recently from a prominent Maryland collection where it has been kept in a gorgeous, climate-controlled garage since arrival. It will come complete with original manuals & service books, factory tools, auxiliary tire compressor, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. It represents an excellent investment opportunity, and a perfect addition to any collection! Act quickly; cars of this caliber never last long!

The seller states that the CoA comes with this 911 so that should clear up any questions about the original color scheme. We’re also told a little of its history, but it sounds like there is not much known until around 2009. The original owner had it for only two years after which it moved around. What level of documentation goes with the period from 1976-2008 is left unsaid, but after that it appears to have found its way into a couple of collections, during which time it was restored. Given that we’re approaching ten years since that restoration this 911 still looks in very good shape. I imagine it hasn’t seen much road usage over those years, but we can hope whatever servicing it has received will be documented. There are surely plenty of questions to be answered, but overall this is a very nice looking and rare early Carrera Targa. If it indeed wears its originals colors then the asking price will be on the high side, but not egregiously so. If the colors are simply “period correct” as the ad mentions then I suspect the price will need to drop a good bit.

-Rob

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