Lot 193 - 1986 Porsche 911 Targa (3.2 litre)
|Sold - £42,106
- Subject to a restoration 2014
- Five-speed manual gearbox
The Porsche 911 is a luxury two-door sports coupé with a distinctive design, rear engine and independent rear suspension; an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. It has undergone continuous development although the basic concept has remained virtually unchanged. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the mid-1970s, normally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring, even against prototypes. The 911 derived 935 Turbo also won the coveted 24 Hours Le Mans in 1979. At the 1999 international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth. It is one of two in the top five that has remained continuously in production (the original Beetle remained in production until 2003) and was until 1998, the most successful surviving application of the air cooled, horizontally opposed rear-engine layout.
This delightfully handsome Porsche 911 Targa was originally registered on 1st August 1986. The white coachwork on this galvanised body 911 is exquisite with excellent panel gaps and a splendid paint finish. The blue leather trim appears to be original and has a delightful patina. The 3164cc six-cylinder fuel injected engine runs extremely well, this is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and we are advised this Porsche drives with no known faults. Complemented by a rear whale fin and colour co-ordinated wheels, this really is an eye-catching car. Over a three-year period and with the help of a retired mechanic, the previous owner recommissioned this Porsche with a ‘no expense spared’ attitude and with great attention to detail. The net result is a Porsche 911 Targa of the highest quality. The current owner purchased this car in July 2018 and has kept it to the same high standard having it regularly service and maintained by Brookspeed Porsche, Eastleigh, Hampshire with the last service being carried out in May of this year. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 9th April 2024 and a file containing invoices and old MoT’s after 2014. Demand for these air-cooled Porsches remains strong with examples as good as this hard to come by.
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