Porsche 911 Targa SPORTOMATIC 1979

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35 500 - 45 000 €

Porsche 911 Targa SPORTOMATIC 1979

Low mileage
Rare and unusual variant
Enjoyable and easy to drive

French registration (normal)
Chassis N° 9119310336
Engine N° 6399074

The arrival in 1963 of the 911 had an unexpected impact on the future of the Porsche marque, so successful did the new model become. Inevitably, enthusiasts soon demanded a soft-top version, and the company responded with the Targa – named after the Targa Florio, the road-race in Sicily in which Porsche had achieved many fine results.
The example presented here is a rare 911 3.0 SC Targa from 1979, in which year just 1875 units would be made. In Grand Prix White with a black leather interior, it was bought by its current owner in November 2014 at a British auction. At that stage there were 96,000km (59,650 miles) on the clock, and this has now crept up to nearly 100,000km in weekend use around the Normandy countryside.
The car is easy to drive thanks to the Sportomatic gearbox, which elimates the need to operate a clutch, and the 180bhp 3-litre flat-six has no difficulty in providing a strong performance in what is – at 1200kg – a relatively light car. The Porsche comes with an owner’s handbook and with a folder of bills that confirms that the engine and gearbox were reconditioned in 2002; additionally the body was repainted some years ago.
This is an ideal purchase for someone wanting a car that is usable as daily transport, or for a collector wanting to bring a touch more sparkle to such a rare 911 variant.
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