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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

I’ve featured just about every 911 model at one point or another and I’m fairly certain this particular model I’ve featured only one other time. We simply do not come across the 2.7-liter Carrera Targa very often, certainly much less frequently than the Carrera Coupe of the same vintage, so when we come across one it’s almost always worth stopping in to take a look. This one possesses added interest in that it comes in a rare Salmon Metallic exterior and retains much of its originality. The Carrera was the top-of-the-line model for ’74, distinguished from the base 911 most significantly by a higher horsepower engine (175 hp v. 150 hp) and from the 911S by its Carrera graphics – deleted on this Targa – ducktail rear spoiler and wider rear fenders. While all of the mid-year 911s have suffered reduced values relative to most of their long-hood predecessors, the Carreras have reached values that can exceed those of the 911T and in some cases even the 911E. They’re a far cry from their European brothers, which were basically an impact-bumpered Carrera RS Touring, but still attract plenty of notice. The one we have here was first owned by former Portland Trailblazer Sidney Wicks: a Salmon Metallic 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, located in Oregon, with Cinnamon interior and 92,500 miles on it.

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Year: 1974
Model: 911 Carrera Targa
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 92,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This auction is for a fully Restored/preserved excellent original, numbers matching 1974 Porsche Carrera Targa, in Salmon Metallic. Portland Trailblazer (Sidney Wicks) original ownership.

Carrera targa (#181) of 246 made in 1974 for the U. S. market. Vin number: 9114410181 and engine number: 6342002. Clean Oregon title and I’m the owner. This fine automobile is located in Portland, Oregon.

I have over 100 detailed pictures on an online photo album, that I can send to potential buyers, please get in touch and I will send them to you. I have a YouTube video as well The first owner was a Portland Trailblazer, professional basketball player (Sidney Wicks). The second owner purchased this Porsche around 1976/77 and I bought it and became the 3rd owner a year ago. Showing 92,500 original miles and is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. I spent countless hours and many thousands of dollars to restore this Porsche to a very high standard, while preserving as much of the original car as possible. The interior for example is 100% original I only had to clean and detail it.

Rebuilt Engine with appropriate upgrades: This is the factory numbers matching 2.7 liter engine. The engine has 92,500 miles but was rebuilt in 1980 at 53,548 miles. This was a complete rebuild which included new pistons and cylinders, rebuilt heads with new valves, all bearings etc. At that time a “carrera chain tensioner kit” was installed. Stainless steel heat exchangers were added in late 1996 when the car had 90,280 miles. I added a “pop-off valve” to the air box.

Recently this engine was removed and resealed and has no oil leaks, new spark plugs were installed, the fuel injectors were cleaned and tested, all engine fuel and vacuum lines were replaced as well as the oil and fuel filters, new fuel lines from the gas tank to the body lines and Brad Penn oil were added. A new engine sound pad was installed as well as engine compartment seals. The muffler was high temp powder coated and a new and correct black muffler tip was installed. The fuel pump was rebuilt. The ignition was timed. This engine is fantastic, starts right up, idles smooth and pulls hard all the way to redline.

The Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche shows that this Porsche Carrera came with the following options: Salmon Metallic paint, Deletion of Carrera stript on doors, Targa folding top, Bilstein shocks, Fog lights, Tinted glass, intermittent wipers, Bumpers with impact absorption, Cinnamon colored interior and U.S equipment.

Transmission and clutch: Shifts and operates beautifully and has no leaks. New shifter bushings were installed as well as Swepco fluid. The shifter and clutch were adjusted.

Brakes: New brake pads, fluid and lines, rebuilt calipers, discs are used but have very low wear and are well within specifications. Front brakes are factory aluminum units which I had rebuilt locally and the rears were restored and rebuilt by PMB brakes the best in the business, (see pics.).

Suspension: Original Bilstein’s which are operating very well, drives and handles very nice.

Tires: Good tread but are believed to be old and should be replaced. I didn’t do this to allow the buyer to pick their brand and size etc. and because European buyers have to discard U.S. tires which is a waste in my opinion.

Body: High quality complete paint job recently completed, including inside of doors, door jams, and front and rear hoods. The paint inside the wheel wells and the finishes on the floor boards, top and bottom are original aside from extensive cleaning (see pics.). The body was rust and damage free prior to painting. Some of the original cosmoline is still present on the suspension etc.

Electrical: New alternator, new Interstate battery, all lights are tested and are working, New old stock front headlight surrounds with a H4 bulb upgrade was added.

Interior: All original, including the beautiful seats, door panels, carpet, Carrera “sport” steering wheel, and no crack dash. I spent many hours cleaning and detailing the interior. The front leather seats were cleaned, conditioned and redyed in original color (custom blended) to address some scuffs with high quality products from Leatherique and I restitched the steering wheel. In the back parcel shelf area there is a period 70s dual speaker set (Clover industries) with Blaupunkt speakers and a Blaupunkt Am/Fm cassette, the radio and speakers work well. The Cassette player hasn’t been tested yet, I’ll try to remember to do that. There are period Coco mats on top of the factory floor mats, both of which are in good shape especially considering that this car is 42 years old and has over 90,000 miles.

Records: Original owner’s manual with selling dealer and first owner’s names (Sidney Wicks) , warranty stamps, and some receipts from the second owner including the 1980 engine rebuild, I have a scanned copy that he emailed me, I’m still trying to get the originals. Also included are receipts for all the work that I had done, the paint job, and new parts that I purchased for the car.

Originality and completeness: Factory original and complete tool kit, owner’s manual, spare tire and wheel, jack, touch up paint, two keys that fit all the locks and the Hirschman antennae key. I also have and will include the Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche.

This Porsche Targa is sold “as is” prospective buyers are encouraged to inspect this car in person and or have a local pre-purchase inspection. The oil leaks and a few other items were addressed this week as well as ignition tuning and a test drive by a nationally known Porsche shop here in the Portland, OR (Sherwood) area, Rothsport Racing (Jeff Gamroth). The car can be picked up and or shipped from here (Portland, OR, USA) as soon as funds are verified. Shipping fees are the responsibility of the buyer.


Salmon Metallic is a pretty interesting color, falling in the burnt orange part of the spectrum, though with some pinkish hints to it as well. For those who may not want to go with the full bright of Porsches other available shades of orange it makes for a nice alternative. And here it contrasts really well with the Cinnamon interior. Overall, the condition here looks quite good and the current owner appears to have a pretty good grasp on its history and current mechanical condition. Whether all of this is enough for it to sell, we’ll have to wait and see. Bidding currently sits at $60,100 with reserve unmet. We’ve seen Carrera Coupes approach, and sometimes exceed, $100K, but I have less sense of where to expect a Targa. Bidding here should give us a good idea.



  1. David
    David June 30, 2016

    This car has been for sale on and off for quite a while on Pelican. Ask started at something like $125k and made its way down to $95k or so. Obviously that’s still too high.

  2. atnorman
    atnorman July 1, 2016

    Love–that color. Car not worth the price. Even in the best shape.

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