1970 Porsche 911
1970 Porsche 911T 2.2-Litre Targa
Chassis no. 9110111785
Engine no. 6102574
"Quite understandably, journalists got excited about the revised 911s. For many reasons, the 2.2-litre cars would be among the best Porsches ever made. Performance was more than adequate, all the 'bugs' had been eradicated and genuine improvements had been made. Even the 'baby' 911T was capable of 206km/h, dashing from rest to 100km/h in under 9 seconds" Lawrence Meredith, Porsche 911 Model by Model.
Porsche's perennially popular 911 sports car first appeared at the 1963 Frankfurt Show as the '901', but shortly after production proper commenced in 1964 had become the '911' following Peugeot's complaints about the use of '0' model numbers.
In 1967 the 911T (Touring) was introduced as a new base model, initially with the 2.0-litre engine in 110bhp form before gaining the 2.2-litre unit along with the rest of the range in 1969, by which time the 911's wheelbase had been extended by 57mm to tame the sometimes wayward handling. Such was the 911's success that within a few years Porsche was selling cars faster than it could build them, a state of affairs that led to a substantial proportion being manufactured by coachbuilder Karmann at its Osnabrück factory.
Two years after the original coupé's introduction, a convertible 911 - the 'Targa', named in honour of Porsche's numerous victories in the Sicilian classic Targa Florio - arrived in 1966. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the soft-top 911, the Targa sporting a hefty roll-over bar to protect the occupants in the event of an inversion, together with removable roof and rear hood sections, which were stowed in the boot when not in use. For 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed rear window replaced the less than perfect rear hood, and the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way.
The Porsche certificate confirms this 2.2-litre 911T Targa was originally finished in Pastel Blue, how it is presented today, equipped with the desirable 5-speed gearbox, rear mirror passengerside, comfort equipment and Recaro sports seats in beige leatherette.
The 2.2 T Targa was delivered new on 6th April 1970 to a Mr Margueritis in Como, Italy, and we can only imagine what fun he had driving this beautiful sports car that stood out from the hoards of local FIATs and Alfa Romeos. The Porsche remained in that region (serviced in Milan) in the early 1970s and by June 1973 had covered 60.000 kilometres (service book on file). Circa 2016/2017 the car was professionally restored in Italy, the seats being changed from Recaro to the more comfortable alternative (restoration photographs on file). In April 2017, the Targa was purchased by the current Belgian owner, a Porsche enthusiast, who has spent more time and effort keeping it in excellent condition. He had the 15 inch Fuchs wheels restored in 2017 by Fuchs themselves at a cost of nearly 1,500; the related invoice is on file together with others from Porsche Centre Liège. Also a protection foil has been added to protect the paint from any stone chips. Having enjoyed the Targa for the last four years, the owner now feels the time is right to pass it on to the next custodian. The vendor advises us the car is an excellent runner and he is especially complimentary about the 2.2-litre carburetted engine, which is an absolute pleasure to drive. Fitted with original Blaupunkt radio, the car comes with Belgian registration documents; a copy of old its Italian registration documents; two sets of keys; and original Porsche pouch, Porsche certificate, Porsche Classic check (2017), toolkit, owner's manual, and its original service booklet.