Much rarer than the Coupe model, only 320 Turbo Targas were made in total for the European market between 1987 and 1989. The first 911 3.0 Turbo appeared back in 1975, in what was intended to be a run of just 500 cars – little did Porsche know that nearly 40 years on they would still be making turbo-charged versions of the model. Using an RS derived 3.0-litre flat-six air-cooled engine with a KKK turbo, a then-mind-blowing 260bhp and 253lb/ft torque was on tap, but only when the engine felt that it had spooled the turbo to sufficient revs to deliver.
Of the 320 Turbo Targas made for the European market, only 45 were registered in the UK, and it is thought only 19 remain on UK roads.
In its current ownership for the last 7 years, this rare RHD Turbo Targa has been cosseted and enjoyed on high days and holidays. Upon purchasing the car, the vendor commissioned a gearbox rebuild to ensure the gear shifting was to his liking. Although serviced regularly, in 2015 the vendor decided to treat his beloved Turbo to a detailed refresh. Entrusting the project to Porsche Centre Byfleet, the engine was removed, the turbo overhauled, oil pipes and hoses were replaced, as were a myriad of seals and gaskets. The engine fan housing was powder coated, as was the engine tin ware. The steering column bearing was also replaced. In addition the targa top was treated to fresh seals. There are bills totalling £11,000 to support this recent work, with nominal mileage having been covered since.
Showing a mere 72,000 miles from new, the car is supplied with a Porsche service book containing 13 stamps by Porsche or marque specialists, invoices supporting repair and maintenance, a UK V5 and MoT certification to June 2016.
911 Turbos are amongst the fastest, most driveable supercars you can own. Dial in the wind in the hair fun of the targa top and you have a dream classic 911 in which to embark on summer tours, or merely blast through the lanes on a Sunday morning.