Porsche 911S 2.4 Targa - Toybox

By: Guy Allen

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1972 was a very good year for Porsche's S-Spec 911

USA classic car business Hemmings claims it can trace the start of the rise of air-cooled Porsche prices back to a specific day: August 20, 2011. That was when a former Steve McQueen 1970 911S sold for an insane US$1.3 million. Okay, blame the star factor as anything McQueen carries a premium, but Hemmings is convinced air-cooled 911 prices soared from that day on.

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While it’s the earlier 2.2lt cars that are bringing the really big dollars, the 2.4 upgrade, accompanied by fuel injection, is regarded as an infinitely more tractable and reliable driving car. S-spec is the one to have, claiming 210 horses.

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And that’s what we have here: a 1972 S in Targa form. Hemmings claims the production for 1972 was just 989 S-spec Targas, out of a total 911 fleet of 12,962.

Brisbane-based Oldtimer has this example, which has its original powerplant and has seen a considerable amount of restoration work over the years. It claims to be in exceptional condition, something the photos tend to back up.

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Originally a USA-delivered car, it was imported to Australia around 20 years ago and converted to right-hand drive. And yes, it is a manual.

One look at the thing and it’s not difficult to imagine heading off for a top-down spin in the hills. Turning that into a reality will cost near enough to $200k. Oldtimer can be found at oldtimeraustralia.com.

 

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