Monterey

15-16 August 2014

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Lot 128

1972 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Targa

  • Chassis no. 9112310988
  • Engine no. 6322577
  • Gearbox no. 7720498

Sold for $242,000


190 bhp, 2,341 cc Type 911.53 SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

  • A matching-number 911 S Targa
  • Recent bare-metal, nut-and-bolt restoration completed by marque experts
  • A highly desirable model in attractive colors
  • Known history from new
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity


The 911 Targa, an icon of Porsche design, has come to be defined by its unique aluminum roll bar with three vertical vents and “targa” script. Over the years, it left such a lasting impression on the car’s drivers and fans that Porsche returned to this design for its newest-generation Targa.

The 911 S Targa offered here is the second-to-last 1972 model built, and it was sold new on August 22, 1972, by Porsche Glöckler Sportwagen Zentrum in Frankfurt. It was then privately imported to the United States by Richard Lee Mang in the mid-1970s, who is believed to be the car’s second owner. In 1992, the car was taken off the road and placed into a dry garage for storage. Ten years later, it was sold to C.F. Broers, of Vermillion, South Dakota, who eventually offered it for sale to the current owners. They in turn returned the car to Europe with 119,800 miles showing on its odometer.

A comprehensive two-year restoration was recently completed by a Porsche specialist in Europe. The consignor describes the body as being in very good condition overall, with some minor rust repair necessary, as would be expected from a 42-year-old vehicle; nonetheless, all of the body panels remain original. After the tub was completely stripped, it was prepared for the cathodic dip tank process. The body was then primed using an electrostatic process, which ensures that the entire shell will be fully protected from future corrosion. It was then repainted in its original color, Sepia Brown, using a downdraft spray booth, exactly the way the car would have been refinished by the factory.

All seals and weather-stripping are new, and all trim and frames, including the bumpers, door handles, window frames, and side-view mirrors, were newly chromed or re-anodized. A completely new interior was installed, with tan leather throughout and a deeply upholstered Recaro sport seat for the driver.

Mechanically, the powerful 2.4-liter engine was rebuilt and the heads were restored with new valves. The crankshaft is still standard-measure, and new old stock Mahle pistons and cylinders were installed, along with new bearings and gaskets. A brand-new but original exchange Bosch mechanical fuel-injection system was purchased from Porsche Classic in Germany, and it operates perfectly. A dynamometer test of the fresh engine produced an impressive average of 195 horsepower. The five-speed transaxle and braking system were both fully rebuilt, while the Koni shock absorbers were also restored before being reinstalled. The speedometer, tachometer, clock, and all other instruments have been carefully restored to perfect working order.

The car wears a full set of correct 6x15-inch Fuchs “Windmill” light-alloy wheels, and it is supplied with its tool roll, jack, and spare tire. More than 500 photographs of this car’s incredibly detailed restoration are also included in the sale.

This Porsche has been well documented and is supplied with its original owner’s manual, original pair of keys and key holder, and a file of service invoices. With just 1,500 kilometers recorded since its completion, this handsome Targa is ready to provide its next owner with many more years of enjoyable driving, and it is sure to be a future collectible.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more