S Package Project: 1971 Porsche 911S Targa

You just know looking at this pale yellow Porsche 911 that it’s going to go home with a new owner sooner than later. The equipment list checks a lot of boxes for air-cooled enthusiasts, including the “S” package, along with the somewhat rare color and five matching and original Fuchs wheels. The seller doesn’t elaborate as to what’s kept him from getting this Targa-top 911 off of the jack stands and onto the open road, but whatever the reason is, we’re just glad to see someone else may soon have a shot at reviving this desirable long hood Porsche. Find it here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $40,000.

Honestly, this feels like the sort of listing you pull together when you don’t really want to sell a car. The pictures don’t really tell a comprehensive story and we can’t easily discern any one fact about the 911’s condition. That probably won’t stop someone from making a serious offer for this project-grade 911 S given the rarity of the model and the nosebleed pricing for restored examples. This may be as cheap as it gets to own a genuine 911 S with a claimed-matching numbers drivetrain. Throw in the fact it has great colors and doesn’t appear to be rusty and I’m sure someone will pay the asking price all day long.

The seller does say “…very minimal rust” in the listing, and assuming he or she knows a thing or two about air-cooled ownership, they would also presumably know you can’t mince words in this regard. If it needs new floors, you have to say it; if it just has trace elements of surface rust with no major corrosion, you can say words like “very minimal.” The photos of the interior are somewhat encouraging, with a passenger-side bucket seat that looks brand new and a driver’s seat that may be torn or just has a pair of gloves on it; hard to tell for sure. The dash has some cracks but also sports an original radio and all of its factory gauges.

The mileage is listed as 17,462, but I’m guessing that’s rolled over at least once. The engine bay appears clean and looks to have some recent parts swapped in; the seller doesn’t disclose whether this 911 still runs or if the engine has been serviced recently. The 911 S was a powerhouse when new, with its 2.2L engine kicking out a healthy 180 horsepower and capable of running up to a top speed of 145 miles per hour. While every air-cooled 911 these days is seemingly sought-after, a numbers-matching S model like this will likely never go down in price, and is certainly worth making an inquiry into if you’ve been on the hunt for one that doesn’t require refinancing your house to buy.

Comments

  1. Classic Dust Member

    If she isn’t rusty this looks to be a great deal and a chance at great car with plenty of value when back on the road. Good luck with the sale.

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  2. Thomas

    What am I missing? Decklid and dash both say 911T. Still looks to be a fair price, considering what restored examples are going for.

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    • Jim

      It is a Targa

  3. D. Nieuwenhuis

    This is an 911 T with S-package, not an S. In the engine bay picture would have been the injection pump right of the trumpets in case of an S (or E).
    Still a nice car.

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  4. Joey

    The 911 T script on the rear deck lid has me wondering how it’s a 911 S. Also, are those carbs or fuel injection stacks?

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  5. Duncan

    Tachometer redline suggests not an actual S

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  6. Sandman

    I had a 69 911T with the appearance group which got the S treatment – front valence, Fuchs wheels, trim, etc. That’s what this car is. Not a 911S. Still the sweetest car I’ve ever owned.

  7. Jack Quantrill

    Not bad, for the price of a new Hyundai!

    Like 1

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