VINTAGE EXCELLENCE




Vintage Excellence is a specialty shop for all Porsche cars. Specializing in the sales and correct restoration of these very fine classic automobiles. We deal in primarily Porsche vehicles from 1964-1973; Including 356, 912, 911, and 914-6. Our skill set allows us to handle any unique vehicle in the world. Our experience and passion far exceed the norm. Our mission is the pursuit of excellence in everything we do. High end unique & collectible vehicles is what we do and we love what we do.

1973 Porsche 911T targa

1973 ½ Porsche 911T Targa


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VIN # 9113111699 - #1699 out of 2302 made

Engine: serial# 6134697, 911/91 2.4L CIS,– #1696 out of 3091

Complete original restored Bosch CIS Fuel Injection

5 speed 915 transmission

Fuchs alloys – 15x6”s correct 1973 wheels, new tires

911S front bumper with integrated spoiler

911S deluxe wide trim

Deluxe wheel well aluminum trim – rare option

Leather wrapped steering wheel

H4 Hella headlights

New Black vinyl interior with Houndstooth seat inserts

 

 

 

 The description of the 1973½ Porsche 911T 2.4L CIS is best left up to the author Peter Zimmermann in his book “The Used 911 Story” who says:

 

“Ah! Finally! Porsche builds their first “10”! This is one model that deserves its own chapter. A major breakthrough came with this car – “CIS” fuel injection. CIS means “Continuous Injection System.” Basically this system is not mechanical and it is not electronic. It is a system that functions on pressure and vacuum. Simple to tune, this injection system is highly efficient, and may deliver in excess of thirty miles per gallon during highway operation. All the smoothness of the earlier carbureted 911 is back, plus some. All things considered, this is the smoothness, most pleasant of all the early 911s built to date to drive. The engine, at all RPM levels, is responsive and has sufficient torque to allow use of very low engine speeds in city applications. Even 2600 RPM, for example, is comfortable for second gear steady speed use.

            The transmission is very smooth in these cars, problems from earlier models have been corrected. The 2.4 liter displacement engine delivers enough horsepower and torque to enjoy almost any driving situation.

            Fit and finish of the exterior of these cars when new was as good as any car could expect to be. Seams and paint were perfect, almost as the folks at the Porsche factory knew they were building really special models.”

 

 

Why buy an early 911 with CIS fuel injection? Because the 2.4L CIS engine combines the looks of the early cars with the drivability/reliability of the late model cars. Anyone who has driven one of these cars admires its attitude both in heavy traffic situations and on the open highway. The 2.4L engine with CIS fuel injection provides 148 horse power, everyday drivability and fuel economy of up to 32+mpg. The new revised stronger transmission shifts with ease even in stop and go traffic unlike the previous 901 version which was very cumbersome to get into 1st gear. The 1973 ½ is the very last version of the classic early 911 body style - Porsche did a great job of blending the classic look with modern fuel economy and improved performance.

 

This body style is the Targa configuration. The center roof is easily removable and once removed it can be folded up and stored in the trunk. The passengers are protected by a fixed roll bar. The targa was the only open top design for the 911 in 1973. The 911 Cabriolet was not developed until 1983, 10 years later. 

 

This particular vehicle was built for an older retired gentleman who wanted an open top early car that was not rough to drive or as picky as a mechanically injected car. A no expense spared restoration was begun in 2007 starting with a $16,000 rust free average 911T driver from Utah. The car was taken apart and painted at a cost of $6500 and then brought to Vintage Excellence, a Porsche restoration shop, for a proper assembly (Google – Vintage Excellence). The restoration took some time as it was very involved; $20,000 worth of labor and an additional $12,000 worth of parts later and the car was finished in October 2008. During this time the owner underwent surgery on his back to correct back pain, fortunately the owner’s back pain was eliminated but the doctor said he should never drive a car with a clutch again. If you ever wanted to find a car that was selling for a significant amount less than the restoration cost then here is your chance. Over $55,000 has been spent on this car in the last 2 years while it has only traveled 350 miles in that time.

 

Restoration highlights: A detailed receipt for all the work is pictured below, rather than list all the work in the description I will refer you to the pictures below. Paint was completed in Orange County to excellent standards, every inch of the exterior body has been painted Irish Green. As you can see in the undercarriage pictures the attention to detail on the underside of the car is as good as any other area of the car – how many other cars look this good underneath? A full major engine/transmission service & cosmetic restoration was completed with many upgrades. CIS fuel injection serviced and adjusted – all critical injection parts have been replaced with factory new parts or rebuilt by the right people. Major upgrades added for maximum reliability: Carrera pressure fed tensioners, turbo valve covers, cylinder cooling tin mod (lower temps), cam line restrictor mod (better oil pressure), exterior engine reseal, and original appearance/colors/plating/decals are in place. The engine now performs as well as it looks and needs nothing. The transmission is the original 915 5 speed unit. This is the 2nd year Porsche used this transmission, it is stronger and shifts better than the previous 901 unit. The 915 transmission was taken apart, extensively cleaned, inspected for wear and reassembled with new gaskets, gear oil, and a new German clutch. The suspension was completely removed and serviced/restored with upgrades such as turbo tie rods for precise steering. The brakes have been upgraded to large 911SC calipers for much improved braking. Interior was restored to original appearance.

 

 

 

 

Features & Options

 

 

·          Original correct 2.4L CIS engine, believed to be matching number

 

·          Believed to have only 120,000 original miles total on chassis

 

·          5 speed 915 manual transmission

 

·          New paint

 

·          New interior

 

·          Restored suspension – turbo tie rods, bushings, wheel bearings

 

·          Fully restored brake system featuring 911SC big brakes  - “A” calipers

 

·          Fuchs alloy wheels correct for this car. Fully polished, painted, w/new tires

 

·          Optional front & rear stabilizer bars (swaybars)

 

·          Undercarriage restoration makes this car as clean underneath as on top

 

·          Rust free, accident free original car

 

·          Deluxe 911S appearance package – wide S trim, plus very rare wheel well trim

 

·          911S front bumper with integrated spoiler

 

·          Original owners manual/Tool kit/Jack/Spare tire/2 master  keys + 1 valet included

 

·          New rubber German seals throughout, including targa seals

 

·           Restored targa top, functions perfectly, nothing broken

 

·          New Bosch H4 headlights, new - all 4 turn signal lenses, new rear reflectors,  correct black trim items, new windshield

 

·          Interior – original seats redone in Black Vinyl with Wool Black&White Hounds Tooth inserts, Perlon carpet with trunk carpet, leather wrapped steering wheel

 

·          Correct decals throughout

 

·          All electrical/lighting sorted out

 

·          Note the painstaking attention to detail. All parts are the correct period, built with the same exact appearance as when new. Do any other cars currently for sale look more detailed?

 

·          All work has been completed by an experienced vintage Porsche technician who knows and loves these cars!

 

 

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