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5-6 February 2014

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Lot 5

1971 Porsche 911 E Targa

  • Chassis no. 911 121 0812

Sold for €47.600


153 bhp, 2,195 cc air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,268 mm

  • Desirable long-bonnet 2.2-litre Targa
  • Optional sport seats
  • Attractive colour combination


The early 1970s are viewed by many as delivering the best and most exciting Porsche 911s that the company had produced to date. Porsche had lengthened the 911’s wheelbase by 57 millimetres to 2,268 millimetres, resulting in improved handling and more interior space. It also enlarged the rather peaky original 2.0-litre, single overhead-cam engine to 2.2 litres by increasing the cylinder bore to 84 millimetres, which was the first in a series of regular 200-cubic centimetre displacement increases. There were also larger intake and exhaust valves, oil squirters were added in the crankcase to better cool the pistons, and a larger 225-millimetre clutch package was also added to handle the increased horsepower and torque.



For the 1971 model year, three-speed windscreen wipers were added and the fuel pump was relocated to the front of the car. Fuchs aluminium alloy wheels were standard equipment on the E. The Targa model, initially introduced with a soft, zip-out plastic rear window, was upgraded with an optional large, curved window and an electrically heated back light from the 1968 model; this became a standard fitment the following year. The 911 E in this form was capable of almost 225 km/h, and it offered excellent handling to match its impressive over-the-road speed.



Although little is known of the early history of this D-series Porsche 911 E Targa, it is currently finished in a Pearl White, and according to factory records, it originally left the factory painted in 221 Light Metallic Green with a tan leatherette interior and its requisite black removable soft top panel. The consignor states that this car was fitted with the very desirable Recaro-made leather sport seat option, which offers deeper bolsters on the backrest and bottom cushions for both driver and passenger comfort during enthusiastic driving. Additionally, it includes side mouldings and German-language instrumentation. The consignor also notes that the engine has been fitted with a factory-installed catalytic converter.



Several tasteful cosmetic upgrades have been made to this car, including headlamp rings and twin after-market outside mirrors, which are all painted to match the body colour. This 911 E Targa is attractive and lightweight, and it offers both weather-tight and open-air cruising enjoyment in a very fast, technically sophisticated package.






Moteur six-cylindres à plat refroidi par air, 2 195 cm3, 153 ch, injection mécanique Bosch, boîte manuelle cinq rapports, quatre roues indépendantes, freins à disques sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 268mm.



  • Désirable Targa 2,2 litres capot long
  • Sièges sport en option
  • Combinaison de couleur attractive




Les années 1970 sont souvent considérées comme la période au cours de laquelle Porsche a produit les 911 les plus excitantes jusque là. Porsche a rallongé l'empattement de 57 mm pour le faire passer à 2 268 mm, ce qui permettait d'améliorer la tenue de route et de rendre l'habitacle plus spacieux. Le constructeur faisait aussi progresser la cylindrée du moteur 2 litres simple arbre un peu pointu en l'amenant à 2,2 litres par augmentation de l'alésage à 84 mm, ce qui correspondait à la première d'une série d'augmentations de 200 cm3. Les soupapes d'admission et d'échappement étaient plus grosses, une modification du système de lubrification dans le bas-moteur permettait d'améliorer le refroidissement des pistons et un embrayage plus gros, de 225 mm, répondait à la puissance et au couple plus importants.



Les modèles 1971 gagnaient un essuie-glace trois vitesses, et la pompe à essence était déplacé à l'avant de la voiture. Des jantes Fuchs en aluminium faisaient partie de l'équipement de série sur la version E. La version Targa, présenté d'abord avec une lunette arrière en plastique souple s'ouvrant avec une fermeture Éclair, était améliorée à partir du modèle 1968 en recevant en option une large vitre enveloppante dotée d'un dégivrage électrique intégré. Cette glace arrière rigide faisait partie l'année suivante de l'équipement de série. Sous cette forme, la 911 E pouvait atteindre 225 km/h et offrait un excellent comportement correspondant à ses performances sur route.



Bien que l'on sache peu de chose des débuts de cette Porsche 911 E Targa série D, elle est aujourd'hui de teinte blanc perle. D'après les archives Porsche, elle a quitté l'usine dans la couleur vert clair métallisé 221, avec un intérieur en simili cuir brun, et son panneau de toit amovible noir. Le propriétaire précise que cette voiture était équipée des très désirables sièges sport Recaro en cuir, disponibles en option, qui offrent un meilleur soutien du dos et des cuisses pour le conducteur et le passager, ce qui est très utile en conduite sportive. De plus, la voiture est équipée d'une instrumentation en langue allemande. Le propriétaire précise également que le moteur a été équipé d'un convertisseur catalytique installé par Porsche.



Cette voiture a bénéficié de subtiles améliorations esthétiques, comme des entourages de phares et des rétroviseurs extérieurs spéciaux, le tout peint de la couleur de la carrosserie. Désirable et légère, cette 911 E Targa offre l'avantage d'une carrosserie à deux visages : fermée et étanche, ou ouverte et apportant le plaisir de la conduite cheveux au vent. Le tout dans une voiture très rapide, à la technique avancée.

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