JDM 1972 Porsche 911S Targa Has Been Aged to Perfection
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.
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.
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.