Dusty 1971 Porsche 911T Targa

1971-Porsche-911-Targa

This 1971 Porsche 911T Targa is claimed to have sat in a barn for several years and the owner has now decided that it needs more work than he has time to do. There is a little rust and it looks like someone has done a few modifications, but it should make a good project for a Porsche enthusiast. It’s has spent time in a barn and has the dust to prove it, but is it really a barn find? Take a look at the eBay listing and then decide. Thanks goes to reader Jim S. for the submission.

1971-Porsche-911-Targa-hood

The seller does not mention how long this car has been parked, but luckily the Targa top was recovered before it went into storage. The Targa was Porsche’s answer to growing concerns that the convertible would be outlawed. Even though the drop-top was never banned, Porsche decided to go ahead and put the novel design into production. The roof section could be removed to allow for open air driving while still providing some rollover protection. It may take away from the 911’s sleek lines, but we like the concept.

1971-Porsche-911-Targa-engine

The seller claims that this flat-six was running when the car was put away. Hopefully she will fire up after changing the oil and squirting in some fresh fuel, but you never know. Some maintenance records would be nice to have to confirm what work has been done because a rebuild can be pricy. This is a T model so it offers the least power of all variations in 1971. It was fitted with carbs instead of fuel injection so that could be a blessing or a curse.

1971-Porsche-911-Targa-prototipo

Some would argue against the “barn find” title when they see what is inside. Someone has swapped out the driver’s seat for a hounds-tooth covered piece and a Momo Prototipo is mounted where the factory steering wheel used to be. These are small details, but they make the car less than original. The modifications are ones we would want to do ourselves actually, but still. Guess not all dusty cars can be considered barn finds…

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Comments

  1. alan

    It would be nice if they had a few pictures of the undercarriage. It may be priced too high already.

  2. shawnmcgill

    If you’re going to put a high-buck car up for auction, would it be too much trouble to wash it? Is the dust supposed to enhance the “barn find” claim? Guess what – you’re just damned lazy!

    • scot

      ~ agreed. a couple as-found pix are all that are necessary.
      . use the rest of the budget to clean it up a bit and shoot the underside, please.

    • paul

      Hay barn dust is a commodity, the price goes up with the dust on.@ alan they have one & it looks to me to be a trunk floor has been cut out & a used one dropped in , not welded in yet.

      • alan

        It took me almost a year to get 10K for my ’72 and the only rust on it was the forward crossmember.

  3. Wayne

    is that a bronco or a scout, that’s the real barn find ?

  4. George Leopard

    Hell of a deal if it goes for under $15000. I just sold a similar pair of sports seats for $5500. The car looks like it could be brought back fairly easily. The car I got with the sport seats was also a 5 year barn stored ’71, but in worse shape – we got it running/driving well in 2 days.

    George at AutoLinc

  5. Chris H.

    Looks like it could be easily made into a driver, hopefully the price doesn’t get astronomical.

  6. Bryan Cohn

    Forget the 911, do WANT the Land Rover in the background of a few shots!

  7. Dolphin Member

    The two underside photos show a dry engine and a pretty good front pan. The seller mentions “some rust on torsion bar”, but he probably means the torsion bar mounts. These can be a big problem because weakness there can make the car dangerous or undrivable, but unfortunately there are no photos of the torsion bar mounts.

    The car looks amazingly good under that dust, not like a typical Eastern rust belt car. This could be a really good buy for someone who wants an early longnose 911 and is willing to personally inspect the undercarriage and evaluate the engine and drivetrain. There are close to 40 bids so far but people are being cautious because the seller has not given any solid information (the dreaded “ran when parked” claim).

    If the car passes an expert inspection, and if the bidding remains anywhere below $30K (it’s at $11K now) this will be a bargain. If it needs rust repairs and an engine rebuild, budget an additional $30K to $60+K, depending.

  8. FRED

    I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE A SCOUT TOO WAYNE AND I AGREE . I WOULD RATHER HAVE THAT THEN THE PORCHE.I WAS NEVER A PORSHE KINDA GUY BUT LIKED THE SCOUT. SO MUCH SO I TRADED MY COUSIN HIS FOR MY ’67 PONTIAC TEMPEST CONVERTIBLE AND MADE A NICE TRAIL TRUCK OUT OF IT.

  9. Dolphin Member

    Result: 64 bids, and sold for $21,200.

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