1. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  2. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  3. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  4. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  5. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  6. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  7. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  8. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  9. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  10. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

  11. 1972 Porsche 911T Targa

Lot Number
1972 Porsche 911T Targa
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: 9112111043
• Numbers matching, top-quality example with original interior and paint
• Serviced by trained Porsche technicians
• Only an approximate 52,000 actual miles of use
• Excellent color combination and highly desirable Targa body style
• Accompanied at auction with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Type 911/51 2,341 cc air-cooled, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, 130 HP, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 89.3"

By the mid-1950s, Porsche’s groundbreaking 356 series rapidly approached its development limits and, in particular, its air-cooled four-cylinder engine effectively limiting Porsche’s racing aspirations to class, but not overall, victories. The 356’s eventual successor, internally code-named “Technical Project 7” or simply “T7”, began with sketches by Ferdinand A. “Butzi” Porsche in 1959 predicting a larger, more comfortable and powerful new model. A new “flat” 2.0-litre six-cylinder engine was designed, tested, and developed under Ferdinand Piech, utilizing the lessons learned from Porsche’s Formula One program. Testing commenced in November 1962 at the new Weissach facility and the following September, the “901” debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Following Peugeot’s objections, claiming it alone held the legal rights to all three-digit numeric car names with zeroes in the middle, a simple change heralded the “911.” The enormity of the T7 project delayed production until September 1964, bringing Porsche to the brink of bankruptcy. However, once on sale, the 911 was immensely successful and continues today. The 911’s sporting credentials were soon confirmed during the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, with a 911 piloted by Peter Falk and Herbert Linge finishing fifth and Vic Elford won there with a 911 in 1968. By the early 1970s, the GT-class 911 replaced the monstrous 917 as the cornerstone of Porsche’s racing program, directly benefiting its road cars.

While Detroit’s “Big Three” and Porsche’s European rivals struggled with varying degrees of success during the early 1970s to comply with tightening U.S. emissions regulations, Porsche uncannily managed to improve the 911’s performance. Offsetting somewhat lower compression ratios, Porsche raised engine displacement to 2.2- and then 2.4-litres (2,341 cc) by 1972. Mechanical fuel injection was added beginning in 1972 for examples of the 911T destined for the United States and certain Asian markets. In addition to the heightened performance offered by the 2.4-litre cars of 1972 – 1973, the stronger Type 915 gearbox was utilized. Derived from that used by Porsche’s 908 racing cars, the new gearbox also introduced a more conventional “H” shifting pattern. The 911T was a surprisingly strong performer with a remarkably wide and usable power band. Acceleration from rest to 60 mph was achieved in just 8.0 seconds and top speed approached 130 mph. In contrast to the high-strung 911S, Road & Track testers also found the 911T delivered exceptional drivability and all-around flexibility in real-world driving conditions. Predictably, legions of today’s collectors continue to favor Porsche’s early 911 models and especially the 1972 2.4-litre cars for their lightness, uncluttered styling and, of course, performance.

This very original 1972 Porsche 911T Targa is a remarkable example with only some 52,000 actual miles. Like many other vintage cars, it was parked and unused for quite some time. It has since been given a review and refreshing of much of the mechanical components by Porsche factory trained technicians; however, the paint and interior are original to the car. Being a 1972-model 911, it has the tell-tale, external oil filler located on the rear quarter panel, intended by Porsche to improve weight distribution; today, this unique one-year-only feature makes it quite collectable. As offered, this 911T remains exceptional with all components looking nearly new, yet they are in original condition. The classic Tangerine/black livery, coupled with the brushed ‘Targa’ roof bar and polished Fuchs alloy wheels, ensures this well-loved 911 turns heads wherever it goes. Having just been thoroughly detailed, it is ready to be enjoyed as originally intended. Offered in great condition and quite rare today, this outstanding 1972 Porsche 911T Targa comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and will make a great addition to any collection.

1972 Porsche 911T Targa
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