Double Take: Tangerine 911S – Coupe or Targa?

Time for some citrus. I’ve mentioned previously how the market for the long-hood 911 has plateaued, and perhaps even reached its peaked, but even if that is the case the 911S remains a special car that we must keep an eye on. These were some of Porsche’s first opportunities to show its ability to produce a top-level machine that could provide performance but also remain civilized. The 911S epitomized that focus and here we have two different variants, both of which come in the wonderful shade of Tangerine over Black. With values remaining mostly stable over the past year it’s not a bad time for those who really enjoy these early 911s to look for the right opportunity. Here we have both a Coupe and a Targa and both look in very good condition. Which would you choose? We will begin with the Targa, from the 1968 MY:

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1976 Porsche 911S – Carrera RS Tribute

Modified Porsches, especially those which take aim at the look of an iconic model like the Carrera RS, are all about that first impression. While the details ultimately are what is important, we come across enough of these builds that it becomes easy to pass by many of them before those details even become apparent. Since you’re seeing it here, it should be clear that this one attracted enough attention to warrant a closer look. The details here are somewhat straightforward: this was originally a 1976 911S now fitted with the engine from a 3.2 Carrera mated to the 915 5-speed transmission. In typical fashion the exterior is completed with flares, a ducktail spoiler, and a set of Fuchs-style wheels all draped in Talbot Yellow with Black accents. The interior takes its cues from the Carrera RS with most amenities deleted and a set of Recaro seats that while not period-correct still look mighty good inside this 911. Mechanically it’d have been great if this were taken up a few notches, though that does tend to raise the asking price significantly. Perhaps this one may best serve as a canvas for additional performance upgrades should a new owner desire them. Strictly on appearance this one looks quite good.

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1975 Porsche 911S 25th Anniversary Edition

By now, Porsche has become pretty well known for producing commemorative edition models to celebrate a variety of milestones. Mostly they are differentiated by unique interior and exterior combinations and built in pretty low production numbers. The one we see here, a 1975 Porsche 911S 25th Anniversary Edition is, I believe, the first commemorative edition Porsche produced, and it’s the first time I’ve come across one. First, we must distinguish this from the 25th Anniversary 911, which was produced in 1989 as a means to commemorate 25 years of 911 production. Those were available as a Coupe, Targa, or Cabriolet, and came with either a Satin Black Metallic or, more commonly, Silver Metallic exterior and Silk Grey leather interior, along with a host of interior upgrades. The model we have here, on the other hand, was to commemorate 25 years of Porsche production in general. 1063 were produced as either Coupe or Targa and each came with a Diamond Silver Metallic exterior and Blue tweed interior. Mechanically there were no changes from the standard 911 as they featured a 2.7 liter flat-six delivering 165 hp through a 5-speed manual transmission.

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1976 Porsche 911S backdate

We’ve seen cars like this before. An impact-bumper Porsche 911 that has been backdated to the look of a long-hood 911, but all the while retaining its higher output engine. These 911s come in all sorts of builds, but I think this one stands out for two reasons. First, I find it incredibly striking. The Slate Grey paint looks wonderful and works well on the widened rear. It also works really well with the red accents that are eye-catching, but do not overpower the overall look, especially of the interior. The second factor in this car’s favor is that it lacks the typical six-figure price tag we see with many such builds. One of the most common criticisms of these cars is that the sellers simply are asking way too much money. Not only does this one not have a six-figure price, but the reserve on this auction has already been met so it looks like it will be going to a new home. It still isn’t cheap – bidding currently sits at $60,300 – but at least the market is having a chance to establish the value rather than an overly ambitious seller.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe – REVISIT


The eye-catching Polar Blue 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe we featured last month is up for another reserve auction. Bidding last time ended at $33,100 so we’ll have to see if this time around bidding can move high enough to reach its reserve. We’ve begun to see values for these early-911s rise somewhat and with such a nice color as this 911S should garner plenty of attention.

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1974 Porsche 911S Targa

Even though I’m very familiar with it I still find it somewhat jarring to look at the market for a 1974 Porsche 911S versus a 1973 911S. The reasons are all fairly clear: the new design with impact bumpers remains less appealing to many collectors and the engine suffers from too many restrictions necessary to meet the more stringent emissions requirements of the day. With time I can’t help but wonder how much that gap will close. A recent article on the 911 market has suggested that as collectors become increasingly likely to have been born after the introduction of the impact bumpers then the first issue will become less of a hurdle for these cars to overcome and we could then see those values rise. Obviously, that may never be borne out and the engine will always be what it is. But we do frequently hear from owners of the mid-year 911 that when maintained properly they can make for excellent machines just as any 911 does. And at the moment some of them can come at quite a discount. The example we see here is a Bitter Chocolate 1974 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Sacramento, with 146,604 miles on it and on offer with no reserve.

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Tuner Tuesday Gold Digger: 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

What is the tipping point in modifying a car? It seems a delicate line which is easily crossed; one that once tripped over pushes the car in question into a free fall from object of desire to ridicule. Obviously, if someone opens up a J.C. Whitney catalog and orders all of the accessories available for their Monte Carlo, it’ll be a bit of a laugh. But what about when the ingredients are all top-dollar, high quality units? Let’s take this 911 for an example and break down the components: at it’s base, this is a 1977 911S Targa, or was. Now, by itself that’s an increasingly valuable commodity – so, it’s a good basis, right? Now it wears an updated 993 wardrobe; they’re a hot commodity, too. And who doesn’t love a cabriolet? Okay, so that’s a lot of people. But some people like them, right? How about the motor, a Ruf modified twin-plug turbo? Wow, put those names together today and you’ve got yourself a retirement plan. And while not the purview of these pages, if you haven’t been following auctions anything with the name Boyd Coddington attached to it has some serious value as well since his death. There has even been a spike in value of classic Recaro seats, and right now brown tones are still totally in vogue. So, with all of these individual bits added together, this car should be worth millions, right?

If you need a reminder that 1970s Porsches weren’t always worth a lot of money, look no further.

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1977 Porsche 911S Coupe

This past weekend I was watching the Monterey auction and early on Saturday, prior to the plethora of six- and seven-figure cars we’d see cross the block, a Red 1977 Porsche 911S Targa came up for auction and sold for $52,000. I was shocked. The car looked in good shape, but with more than 50K miles it wasn’t an exceptionally low-mileage example. These have long been a neglected member of the 911 family, and perhaps there is more to that particular 911S than I am aware, but it made clear to me that I should start paying more attention to the market for these cars. Lo and behold almost immediately I came across this Polar Blue (more on that color below) 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe, located in Virginia, with 96,625 miles on it. These 911s have never been considered performance icons as their emissions equipment tended to suffocate the engine, but with relatively low weight they still can be spirited performers and provide plenty of thrills on a twisty road. While I wouldn’t expect this one to achieve the $52,000 benchmark of the 911S Targa from over the weekend, it should still garner a good deal of attention due to that very attractive color and from 911 buyers interested in finding some of the few values that remain.

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Motorsports Monday: 1969 Porsche 911S

Well before the market on classic air-cooled 911s exploded, they were often used as intended – hard. If the 911’s natural habitat was the race track, enthusiasts outside of the factory efforts were happy to oblige as voluntary park rangers, taking streetable examples and turning them into race cars. While in international competition the FIA was the governing body, in the U.S. one very popular racing body many turned to was the Sports Car Club of America – still very active today. In stark contrast to earlier’s RSR tribute, then, and well before values were on the rise, an enterprising racer took today’s 1969 911S and turned it into a race car. Raced extensively in SCCA as early as 1980, this is one unique 911S:

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1973 Porsche 911S Targa

I think most of us are pretty familiar with the 911S at this point and understand the demand there is for these excellent machines. Whenever a marque with a pedigree built on performance and a strong racing history puts out a sport version of their top level sports car, then you know that the bar for greatness will be set quite high. As the years have passed since the introduction of the 911S their popularity has continued to rise and the values of the early long-hood models have soared. The bad news of that is that they are now priced beyond what most anyone other than a serious collector can reasonably afford, but such is the case with nearly all vintage automobiles with any pedigree and a serious character. We still enjoy coming across them and at least having the time to take in and linger over restored examples and other well cared for models that can inspire our dreams. Here we have one in a combination I rarely can recall coming across: a Grand Prix White 1973 Porsche 911S Targa, located in Virginia, with a contrasting Houndstooth and Tan leather interior and a reported 80,382 miles on it.

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