JDM 1972 Porsche 911S Targa Has Been Aged to Perfection

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The rust and scars on this vintage Porsche 911S Targa from Japan only make it more appealing and interesting to its owner.

Despite the fact that age is measured in hard and fast numbers, it’s not exactly a concrete concept. In fact, it’s fluid to a certain extent. Some people act and feel younger than they actually are. Good plastic surgery can make someone look as if they were born 10 or 15 years later than the year printed on their birth certificate. It’s the same with cars. A completely restored classic Mustang may be from the 1965 model year, but have paint and parts manufactured only a few months ago. The Porsche 911S Targa in this Petrolicious video is an exception. It’s a true 47-year-old car.

Alan Drayson, the founder of Canford Classics in England, came across it while looking for another vintage Porsche for a client. He flew into Tokyo for a day just to get a 1973 911 RS, but someone told him about another Porsche, a 1972 911S Targa originally sold in Japan, he could potentially leave with.

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Drayson says, “It is literally a barn find. The dirt on it’s been there for 30 years. In fact, it’s been off the road twice as long as it’s been on the road.” He wasted no time in pulling the trigger on it and having it exported to the UK.

6speedonline.com 1972 Porsche 911S Targa

Drayson’s company replaced the broken fuel pump, which more than likely was the reason why the previous owner stopped driving it. Drayson adds, “Clearly, we’ve had to go through the braking system, we’ve had to go through the whole fuel system.” Canford Classics also dropped the engine, completely stripped it and the gearbox down, and rebuilt them.


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On the outside, the 911S may look rough and rust-eaten, but Drayson claims the patina looks more severe than it really is. And it actually serves a purpose. Drayson laments the fact that you usually don’t see old cars on the road any more. The few that he does catch a glimpse of have been restored to look new.

Regarding the 911S Targa, he says, “I wanted other people to see what an old 911 with 30 years of being off the road looks like.” Those who look even closer at it may notice small differences between it and UKDM Porsches from the same era, such as certain stickers and badges. One thing’s for sure: They’ll never see another 911 quite like it.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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