1973 Porsche 911E Sportomatic Targa Gold Metallic Rare

Price: - Item location: Atlanta, GA., United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 911
  • SubModel: Targa Sportomatic
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: 911E Targa Sportomatic
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 81,200
  • VIN: 9113210055
  • Color: Gold Metallic
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1973 Porsche 911 Targa Sportomatic

1973 Porsche 911E Sportomatic Targa Gold Metallic

I am pleased to offer this 1973 Porsche 911E Targa Sportomatic. According to my research (cannot confirm), it appears that 319 ’73 911E’s had the sportomatic option. Mileage on the odometer shows 81,2XX miles. VIN # is 9113210055.

Original options (see certificate of authenticity in the picture section):

– US emission

– Option group G03

– Forged alloy wheels

– Stabilizer bars – front and rear

– Sport seats – left and right

– Raised steering wheel hub

– Comfort equipment

– White fog lights

– Dunlop tires

– Gold metallic exterior

– Tan/beige leatherette interior

Recent work done:

– New brakes

– Calipers rebuilt

– New hoses

– New pads

– Rotors machined

– New Shocks

– Shifter bushings replaced

– New injection pump belt

– New style alternator


– Not original paint but has great shine

– Chips along door edges body/door

– Chips around gas filler door

– Dent behind LH headlamp on fender

– Rock chips on hood, front spoiler

Important options:

– Tilt sport seats

– AC – Sportomatic

– Fog lights

– Air horns

– Targa top

These early 70’s Sportomatic 911 are quite rare and would be a great addition to any Porsche collection. The owner notes that this car is a blast to drive. It is definitely in “driver” condition cosmetically and is not being represented as anything else. A blast to drive nonetheless.

History of the Porsche Sportomatic:

Curiously, Porsche described Sportomatic as an “automatic” transmission, even though it had no fully automatic setting. A modified four-speed 911 gearbox, Sportomatic was essentially a manual with a vacuum-operated single-disc dry clutch. A torque converter replaced the flywheel and existed both to smooth the transmission’s electro-mechanical shifts and to allow the car to remain stationary with the clutch engaged. When a driver grabbed the shift lever, the clutch would disengage, re-engaging as soon as one’s hand was removed from the stick. To change gears, the driver needed only to move the lever to the desired gate and let go of the knob. Porsche Sportomatic detailed cutaway

The “gears” were labeled L, D, D3, and D4, and although Porsche suggested using L only for steep grades, it was, essentially, first gear. (We found in a 1971 test that using L helped acceleration.) Gears D, D3, and D4 were really the transmission’s second, third, and fourth speeds, and there was even an automatic-like “park” setting enabled by a pawl that both engaged and locked a countershaft gear.

Sportomatic-equipped 911s were, as you might expect, somewhat quirky: As on other early 911s, there was a secondary hand throttle between the front seats to adjust the engine’s idle speed to prevent random stalls, and we found in our contemporary test that you could easily overrev the engine by accidentally touching the shift lever or not lifting from the throttle during an intentional shift event. An innovative yet flawed first step, Sportomatic’s last gasp wasn’t heard until 1980. The technology received only one update along the way, in 1975, when Porsche stripped it of one forward gear due to the torquier nature of the 911’s more-flexible 2.7-liter flat-six.

1973 Porsche 911E Sportomatic Targa Gold Metallic

In Summary:

– A rare 1973 Porsche 911E Targa with Sportomatic option

– Very nice presentable condition – not perfect but very presentable – a great driver

– Gold metallic – great eye appeal

Vehicle Condition:

I have not personally inspected this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I can tell based on pictures and conversations with the owner that 911E Targa is in very nice presentable condition and is an absolute blast to drive. There are some cosmetic flaws as noted in the description but this is a car that you can get in and drive around and have a great time.

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