Best-model 1971 Porsche 911S

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Porsche 911S
The Porsche 911S shows well in gold

Collector car auctions seem to be loaded with Porsches these days, and those taking place in Monterey, California, during this week’s festivities certainly maintain that trend.   Of course, the prices could make your eyes water as most of them are the rarest and most hotly desired sports and racing models offered at premium prices.

Otherwise, Porsches seem to be everywhere on the roads in and around the Monterey Peninsula right now, definitely the most-often seen collector cars driving around to the various auctions, concours and events. 

Porsche 911
The Targa wears its original spoke wheels

While Porsche 911 prices rose rapidly during the middle part of this decade, they’ve pretty much plateaued at a high but consistent level since then, aside from the rare and spectacular cars, which have flown out of sight.

The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Porsche 911S Targa, the most-desirable model from the 911’s early “long-hood” era, before they were saddled with impact bumpers and such.  

The 911S is the top-of-the-line version with the most engine performance and other factory upgrades, boasting 180 horsepower in 1971, compared with 123 for the 911T and 153 in the 911E. That makes the S typically the priciest.  

Porsche 911
The interior is in nice condition with a crack-free dashboard

This Porsche 911S is described as a “rare survivor” with one owner since 1974 and driven just over 70,000 miles.  The factory floor and cross members are solid (a common rust-prone area), the numbers match for the original engine and transmission, and the car is equipped with its factory sport seats in an original, excellent interior, according to the Pleasanton, California, dealer advertising the Targa on ClassicCars.com

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The Porsche was repainted in gold during the late 1970s, the dealer says, although there’s no mention whether the color is factory correct.  The car does have a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, so presumably everything is as original.  But whatever the case, it looks sharp in the photos with the ad.

The Porsche 911S is well priced at $116,995, considering its stated condition and originality. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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