Factory Black-on-Black:

1973 Porsche 911T
Targa 2.4

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The 1972/73 911s are the most desirable of all the long hood Porsches; they represent the highest state of development. Factory-equipped with the incredible 2.4 liter engine, a state-of-the-art 5-speed transmission, and numerous other improvements, these cars are the last to feature the pure 911 design, before government-mandated 5mph bumpers and emissions gadgets.

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A very exciting find, this bone stock, matching numbers '73 Porsche 911, is in truly remarkable condition throughout. Paint, undercarriage, interior, engine bay . . . everything presents near concours condition.

This 911T Targa can rightfully be called a survivor. Not only is it a low-mileage, 2-owner automobile, it also was sold new in Southern California and spent all its life right here in the Golden State. Add to this the low documented miles, and you'll agree that this is a keeper quality automobile for the discriminating enthusiast or collector.

Still licensed to its vintage California blue plates -- reading "NIRVOUS," evoking Ferris Bueller's Ferrari in the eponymous movie -- and built in November of 1972, VIN *9113110579*, one of just 1,252 such cars manufactured, is from the final year of longhood production. Let's have a closer look now.

Porsche's "frunk" looks like you'd expect from a low-mileage vehicle. The hydraulic hood lifts are strong, the Joseph-Beuys-Memorial gray felt is intact and the full factory tool kit and tire jack, along with the never-mounted front license plate are present. Perfection!

Beneath the mat, the good news continues.

Factory FUCHS light alloy spare -- '73 was the last year for Porsches to carry a full-size spare.

Everything is excatly as it's supposed to be. Left to right:

  • Dual 12 Volt batteries -- yes, they are brand new -- are mounted in the correct locations.
  • Oh yes, the trunk light works!
  • Adjustable KONI shocks are a nice touch.

Undercarriage speaks volumes about the sheltered life this fine surviving 911 has always led. There is no visible rust, no corrosion, no accident repair or any other malady to note.

Perfect original floors -- not restored, not painted, not modified. Just all original metal and finishes. Only in California do they survive like this . . .

The special order ( "Sonderwunsch") black-on-black livery -- internal code 700 -- is factory correct. The sexy coachwork remains arrow straight and -- apart from a few virtually unavoidable, small signs of age and use -- free of any dents, dings or bubbles. Doors still close with the famous Porsche "ping!" sound.

Tight-sealing Targa top features the original pebbly material. All the expensive and hard-to-install Targa seals have just been replaced. Check out the neat "1972/73 Championship" decal gracing the rear window.

The iconic -- and very expensive in the year 2020 -- original FUCHS 15x6 light alloy wheels look simply fabulous with their polished spokes, adding a touch of sparkle to the car's black on black theme.

A brand new set of VREDESTEIN SPRINT Classic radial tires of the correct dimension 185/70HR15 has just been mounted. The 4-wheel disc brake system has been completely gone through, with new O.E.M. parts being installed where necessary.

Weatherstripping, chrome and alloy "S" trim are all either new or perfect original parts. This 911 features a perfectly "right" ride height and is ready to be proudly shown on the concours lawn.

Porsche's classically simple cockpit remains in a state of superb, unrestored originality.

Gorgeous set of VDO gauges. They all work, including the clock. 60,314 miles shown on the odometer are believed to be the actual mileage of the car, supported by the gentle wear patterns throughout.

Incredibly well-preserved for a car that's 47 years old, the black bucket seats still feature their original upholstery. Carpets and door panels are in equally beautiful condition throughout the cockpit.

They are original only once!

Black-gray silverknit carpeting looking nice and tidy.

Fabulous, period California blue-and gold vanity plate graces the rear of the car. Registration is current. Note stock exhaust.
1973 was a transition year from chrome to black trim, as evidenced by the black-anodized rear engine grille and lettering.

Below the deck lid, inside the toothbrush-clean engine bay, lives the matching numbers 2.4-liter boxer motor, No. *6131467*. The power plant sounds and runs fantastic.

Like so many of its California brethren, the car has been fitted with a set of PMO carburettors to pass the stringent smog check (actually not needed anymore for pre-1976 vehicles in our State). We are happy to report that the car's original MFI (mechanical fuel injection) system is present and could be included in the sale if so desired.

As clean as up on top, there are no leaks or other issues to report.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 was another fine winter day in sunny Ventura and we were delighted to take our 911 for a ride.

The car starts, idles, runs, drives, handles and brakes just as Professor Porsche intended. In a nutshell, it's a delightful machine.

There are no odd behaviors like rattles or unusual noises to report. The brakes are fantastic, shifting through all gears is smooth, and the engine emits heavenly sounds throughout its rpm range -- no radio needed in this car (even though it has one).

Returning home, we are in love, no, in LUST, with this fine steed. A well-sorted, low mileage longhood 911 such as this one is able to provide a supremely satisfying driving experience, even in the year 2020. It is a superior automobile in every aspect.

Here you go. Start the New Year in style and obtain one of the very few factory black 2.4 MFI Targas in captivity. This fine California example certainly "ticks all the boxes." Happy New Year!


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.