A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the bodyshell and dropped the 356’s VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche’s single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
Two years after the original coupé’s introduction, a convertible 911 – the ‘Targa’, named in honour of Porsche’s numerous victories in the Sicilian classic – arrived in 1966. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the 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. For 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed rear window replaced the less than perfect rear hood, and the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way.
The much loved and instantly recognisable Targa finally bowed out at the end of the 1990s, when the Cabriolet became the sole open-topped 911 with the introduction of the Type 996 range for 1999.
Delivered new to the UK in 1979 and supplied through AFN , this 911 Targa remained in the UK until 1981 when, as the history file confirms, the car was shipped to Norway. The car remained in Norway before being repatriated in August 2015 by its current owner. Finished in arguably the best colour combination for a 911 – light blue metallic over black- the car is supplied with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming it as being a matching numbers car. The engine was last serviced at RPM Porsche at 126,826 miles in March 2016 and has covered just over one thousand miles since then. The car has recently benefited from refurbished black leather interior, as well as the Fuchs wheels and the Targa roof. It was last MOT’d on 9th September 2016.