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Forgotten Targa: 1975 Porsche 911E

This 1975 Porsche 911E Targa was at one time the owner’s pride and joy, but it’s clearly been forgotten about since being parked in 1994 and not touched since. The seller reports that the owner removed the injectors to have them cleaned or replaced, but lost interest in the project shortly thereafter and left it parked in his shop to gather dust. It’s certainly not the most desirable year or to the right specifications, but with summer around the corner, it’s hard to not find this Targa-topped air-cooled 911 just a bit more appealing than usual. Find it here on eBay with bids to $14,300 and the reserve not yet met.

Man, I love listings where they include a photo of how the car used to look. Even as a malaise-era 911, it’s still a desirable car, so it’s not surprising the previous owner cherished it way back in 1994. Of course, a Targa from this era of Porsche’s iconic sports car is as close as you’ll ever get to a “disposable” Porsche, but those days are long behind us. Now, this one is worth around $20,000, according to the seller, which may surprise you – but bidding isn’t far off, with close to two days left in the auction. The days of the cheap 911 are long gone, and buyers are trying to get into clean, rust-free projects that are mostly complete any way they can – including the once-ignored 911E Targa.

You wouldn’t think it by looking at it, but this tired 911 does check a lot of boxes for buyers who don’t want to spend crazy money on a survivor or restored car. This 911 isn’t so far gone that you’ll be replacing body panels (the dry Texas climate helps with that), so you can likely just focus on a mechanical restoration with some cosmetic improvements and drive the doors off of it. The seller states a few times that this 911 is equipped with air conditioning, which may, in fact, be a rare option in a Porsche of this vintage. The most intriguing aspect of its history to me is the fact that it left the factory wearing yellow paint, which would likely make it originally “Light Yellow”, a great shade and far rarer than arrest-me-red.

The previous owner supposedly removed the injectors for cleaning, and ultimately never had the work done and didn’t put the injectors back in. So, you have a non-runner which will need a whole host of other fuel system repairs, but the injectors will be at the top of the list. It always amazes me how a simple repair leads to years of stagnation and neglect, so hopefully, the next owner won’t let this vintage 911 sit in their shop for 26 years. The photos show some rust in the front-most portion of the front trunk, along with a disconcerting forklift picture that seems to be putting undue stress on the floors. Bring it back to its original colors and I’ll bet you’ll be able to name your asking price down the road.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    In Alaska AC is rare in ’70s 911s. The factory installed units used a two piston compressor while the dealer ad ons used the Sanyo 5 piston units. This is dealer installed. Would be nice to know if the rear flares are steel or glass. Makes you wonder what happened to the probably 7″ rear wheels put on along with the flares. Bought right and not having rust problems (galvanized bodies didn’t come out until ’76) this could be a good car to rebuild what is needed and drive it.

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  2. angliagt angliagt Member

    It’s located in McAllen,Texas.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Thus the AC……

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  4. Malcolm Boyes

    Cant be a 75 911 E.In 75 just 911 and Carrera, the E disappeared in 74..and this has impact bumpers so it probably is a 75. Could be a nice project for the right person.

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  5. bobhess bobhess Member

    ’74 the first year of the impact bumpers.

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  6. t-bone BOB

    Ended: May 13, 2021 , 5:37PM
    Winning bid:US $17,750.00
    [ 72 bids ]

    Item location:McAllen, Texas

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