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1970 Porsche 911T Targa



If you have been looking for a solid, honest early 911 this might be your car. Here is the story:

In 1975 the current owner was a young college student at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was a car nut who was like most college students too broke to have his dream car. Sounds familiar but with a twist, he was lucky enough to have a roommate with a generous and wealthy father who told his son that he could buy any car he wanted. The roommate not being a “car guy” asked his friend what he should buy, well that was obvious if cost was no object a Porsche 911. So they embarked on a search and located this car. The roommate could not even drive this car initially so the friend was lucky enough to get to spend plenty of time behind the wheel. At the end of college the roommate decided that he didn’t want to bother shipping the car home and so he told his friend that he “had to” buy the car. Still being broke but madly in love with the car the friend told him he couldn’t afford it, but the roommate insisted and made him an incredible deal on the car. Suffice it to say it has been a love affair for the past 31 years. Now he has decided to move to a more modern 911 that he can use as a more daily car, so with great reluctance he is allowing me to sell his prized 911. Would you like to be the next lucky individual to continue this story?

For those of you not familiar with these cars here is a brief overview: The 911 was first sold in 1965 and featured a 2.0 6-cylinder motor. From Day 1 the cars were magic and soon become the daydream fodder for millions of young men and the playthings of those fortunate enough to be able to afford them. The design has evolved over the years gaining more and more power but has always stayed true to the original concept. Today the 911 is one of the most recognized designs on the planet and millions of enthusiast’s fight over which particular year best defines the car. One thing is for sure, as of late the early long wheel base cars built between 1969-1973 have been prized. Many people feel the early short wheel base cars are a little twitchy and the later 1974 onward impact bumper cars are too heavy. Which leaves the LWB long hood cars as the perfect expression of the early 911. They are light, sound incredible and have a pure honesty about them that is magical! Of course this has not always been the case. In the 1980’s most long hood cars were molested and “updated” by their owners to look like the later cars, shameful! Fiberglass bumpers, fender flares, turbo tales, blacked out deco trim, the list goes on and on, but bad, bad, bad… This car has escaped that fate, other than an updated radio and an unfortunate black plastic driver’s mirror you could literally step back in time.

Ok, enough rambling, let me tell you about this car:

Exterior:

Paint- Ivory- The car has been repainted once roughly 15 years ago. The quality of the work was average to average plus. It has good, even consistent shine and has few imperfections. It was not a windows out, bare metal, $15k paintjob, but it was also not a father and son garage project either. The car shows well, draws praise but it is more of a driver.

Body- The body on this car is very straight with very good shut lines and gaps. It has not been involved in any type of accident (at least since 1975) and has no dings, dents, etc.

Rust- The bane of any early 911 is rust. Anyone who has one that says it has no rust is probably mistaken with few exceptions. This car has not been subjected to winter weather in the last 25 years and had some rust repair done during the respray. The only significant rust at that time was the front fenders which were replaced at that time. There is some surface rust just starting to show via surface bubbling on the passenger side under the rear window. The pans and jack points underneath appear to be solid. No other visible signs of rust, but it is an original 40 year old non galvanized Porsche…

Body Parts- The car is wearing all of its original trim. Over the years much of the exterior rubber has been replaced, but many of the other parts are original. The door gaskets and targa seals appear to be original and could stand to be replaced, although surprisingly the targa doesn’t seem to have any wind leaks, which is unusual.

Wheels- The car is sitting on its genuine original set of Fuchs Wheels that have not been refinished and show the amount of Patina you would expect. The tires have less than 1000 miles and are the only choice in high performance rubber for a 14” fitment, the Yokohama ES100’s.

Interior-

Overall the interior is very original. The only change from original is the stereo in the dash, the speakers in the doors and the period correct steering wheel and shiftknob (originals are availible).

Seats: I am surprised how well the seats have held up, they have never been restored. The passenger and rear seats are amazingly nice. The driver’s seat has the expected splits in the bottom seat cushion. The sliders and recliners all work well.

Carpet:The carpet is original and shows well with exception of the dead pedal area which is quite worn and the driver’s door threshold which shows the typical wear and tear of ingress/egress.

Dash: The dash of course has the typical crack in front of the speaker grille.

Door panels and Targa Top: The door pockets have the typical sag but don’t interfere with door operation. The Targa top is in good serviceable condition with no rips or tears. The headliner is starting to sag, but not bad.

Electronics and gauges: Everything on the car works with exception of the clock.

Trunk and accessories: The trunk carpet is in like new condition, the spare and all tools are present. It has two new batteries up front.

Mechanical:

The motor on the car was completely rebuilt 6,000 miles ago including a new clutch. Total mileage on the car is 122k miles. I have the documentation for these repairs to the tune of about $10,000. All the numbers match on the car. The car starts up from cold, idles well, pulls strongly from idle to redline, doesn’t smoke and makes great power. It doesn’t seem to leak when parked for long periods of time, but does have a few areas that are damp underneath. The transmission is original and actually shifts very well. Most 911’s exhibit synchro wear especially in 2nd gear and become difficult to shift. On this car the syncros all seem to work well and it shifts quite easily. Overall the best thing about this car is how it drives. It is tight, sounds great and really reminds you of how magical these cars can be. I would not hesitate to drive this car anywhere.

You will notice that I spent considerable time describing this car. Most sellers will only tell you the high points. I want any potential customer to know everything there is to know about the car. Overall this is a very solid, very presentable early 911 that would bring great joy to any potential owner. It is not a Porsche parade or concourse quality car but is a car whose patina shows loving cars by an owner who enjoyed using the car. If that sounds like your kind of car, let me know!


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