Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. Designated Carrera RS, the newcomer was intended as a limited edition product for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built. However, the resulting demand for this fabulous car proved so great that the production run was progressively extended, eventually ending up at 1,590 units and allowing homologation in Group 3 for standard GT production cars.
Based on a lightened 911S platform, the Carrera RS featured revised suspension and wider rear wheels (beneath flared ‘arches) for improved handling, while the 2.7-litre, fuel-injected, air-cooled six-cylinder engine’s 210bhp boosted top speed to around 150mph. Not merely a styling gimmick, the Carrera’s trademark ‘duck’s tail’ spoiler made a vital contribution to high-speed stability, a virtue of increasing importance as power outputs continued to rise. The next major development saw the engine enlarged to 3.0 litres on the RSR racing version in 1974, this unit becoming standard on the road-going Carrera for 1976.
Two years after the original coupé’s introduction in 1964, a convertible 911 – the ‘Targa’, named in honour of Porsche’s numerous victories in the Sicilian classic – became available. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the first 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 stowable in the boot. An enormous success for the Stuttgart firm, the much loved and instantly recognisable Targa finally bowed out at end of the 1990s, when the Cabriolet became the sole open-topped 911 with the introduction of the Type 996 range for 1999.
This beautiful 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa is finished in black with fabulous vipergreen Carrera Script. Only 479 of these special 3.0 litre Targas were built in 1976. Originally the Carrera 3.0 came with a 3.0 engine with approximately 200 horsepower. This Carrera however has a 3.6 engine with about 260 HP, the same as the 1976 911 Turbo. With this engine the car is superfast ! Approximatley €35,000, was spend on this car the last few years. A supercar to drive , and one of the lowest production number 911’s built. Fantastic 1970’s icon.