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Made To Drive | S13 E12

1972 Porsche 911S Targa: Preserved, Not Pristine

This Japanese barn find is too special to cover up with a new coat of paint.
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spmd2ruizrey1@gmail.comJack ChesnuttjoshgtvRobert in LA Recent comment authors
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spmd2
spmd2

Why if it was Japanese market car is it left hand drive? I’m puzzled.

Rey Ruiz
Rey Ruiz

Art!

Jack Chesnutt
Jack Chesnutt

Wonderful. And the car sounds perfect.

joshgtv
joshgtv

It’s a Targa. Who cares what anyone does to it. Targa = emasculation..

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Fun video. This said, the suspension bushings on this car are well past their design lives in years. The car may be fun to drive in this state, but rubber undergoes oxidation hardening over time. The hardened exterior cracks while the interior flexes. The notion that this unrefreshed suspension provides a glimpse into the way the car handled in the past is simply romance and fabulism. Drayson knowns this. He did not leave the brakes unrestored, because he knew that the rubber brake parts, too, were beyond their design lives, and had to be refreshed to work as intended.

FlyingTent
FlyingTent

wonderful vid and what a gem of a car! reminds me of the earlier vid on an old 356. I have a 1972 914 (originally swiss) which isn’t entirely original or quite a barn find, and we have changed the gearbox for the newer 74 version (for good reasons), also the original 1.7 engine has been rebuilt and bored out to about 110 hp (stock was 80). But what an awesome car to drive! … and of course the 914 is also a targa for those magical summer drives 😉

abarth595
abarth595

Just wonderful! Reminds me of my old 74 2.7s that was cosmetically far from perfect, but ticked all the other boxes. Why did I ever sell that car…….

Gary Drew
Gary Drew

I seems that in these great videos, its only the British-owned cars that are driven like they’re meant to be driven! Good to see the Targa yumping in its springs, hanging-on hard thru the corners, and then plenty of throttle off to the horizon – excellent video 🙂

bjaffray
bjaffray

Another wonderful film on a great old car. I will chime in, however , on the music. It is also
wonderful, yet as in many of your films, it is too loud and drowns out the speech and the sounds of the car, which should really be your focus. Very enjoyable nonetheless!

John Holland

Oh I don’t feel so bad driving a knackered old Datsun Fairlady around now. Two fingers to the modern brigade and their amorphous ‘blobs’. Well done Monsieur ! (Notice the engine and bay was pristine mind you…)