Lot 57

2017   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2017

1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S Targa


$250,000 - $325,000





Car Highlights

Well-Preserved with Single Family Ownership from 1973 to 2016
Showing Just 35,900 Documented Original Miles
Matching-Numbers Example According to Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Highly Optioned with Sport Seats, Tinted Glass, and Rear Wiper
Retains Original 1973 Bill of Sale from Holbert Porsche-Audi to Second Owner

Technical Specs

2,341 CC Air-Cooled SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
190 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
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Original Owner (purchased new in Boston, Massachusetts)George C. Watson, Flourtown, Pennsylvania (acquired from Holbert Porsche-Audi in July 1973)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

From launch, Porsche’s 911 was relentlessly developed and perfected with uncommon commitment and effectiveness, yielding the comprehensively enhanced “S” that arrived for 1967. By 1969, the basic 911 delivered more forgiving handling with a slightly longer wheelbase, and the 911 S was updated with Bosch mechanical fuel injection and lightweight magnesium used for the engine crankcase. Displacement increased to 2.2 liters for 1970 and 2.4 liters by 1972. Ever-improving performance and numerous detail updates for 1973 yielded the definitive expression of the long-nose Porsche 911 generation. Prized for their open roof and fantastic driving dynamics, just 925 911 S Targa models were built for 1973, placing quality, unadulterated examples in high demand today.

Accompanied by a corresponding Certificate of Authenticity, this US-specification 1973 Porsche 911 S Targa was completed in December 1972, finished in Silver Metallic over black leatherette and optioned with Sport seats, a rear wiper, tinted glass all around, and Michelin tires. Sold new in Boston, it was traded after approximately five months and 8,304 documented miles to Holbert Porsche-Audi, where, according to an original Bill of Sale dated July 1973, George Watson purchased this Porsche, which remained in his family until recently.

As offered, the 911 S Targa shows 35,900 miles of use and, according to the consignor, it remains almost completely original. The Porsche was a prized possession and, after the passing of the second owner, was removed from the airplane hangar where it had been stored for 20 years and taken to be serviced at a local marque specialist. Service and re-commission work was performed during 2015 at 35,500 miles, documented with invoices on file totaling over $10,000. According to the consignor, the wheels are original, and the Michelin tires are possibly factory-original as well. Notably, the consignor states the original Silver finish remains, albeit with some crazing consistent with the original materials. The interior remains original, shows virtually as new, and the car retains the factory markings and characteristics of an unaltered original car. Accompanying items include the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, plus the original owner’s manual, warranty/service booklet, history file, service and maintenance records, and the original tool kit, spare and jack, keys and valet key, plus the original antenna keys and original key fob from the selling dealer. The Motorola radio is believed by the consignor to be an original dealer-installed unit.

To find an early 911 S in this condition is an extremely rare occurrence and a true treat, marking a fascinating study in originality and effective preservation.