1973 Porsche 911 1-Family Owned for 40-Years #'s Match Full Mechanical Restore

Price: - Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 911
  • SubModel: T Targa
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 115,400
  • VIN: 9113111803
  • Color: Brown
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1973 Porsche 911 T Targa

1973 Porsche 911T (CIS) Targa

1-Family Owned for 40-Years

Dry/Straight SoCal Porsche from New

One of Last Long-hood 911s Built

Fresh Mechanical Restoration

Stock #0779 VIN # 9113111803

ENG# 6134659 (911/91)

TRN# 7339114

115,400 Original Chassis Miles

600-Miles on Full Engine/Transmission Rebuild

Sepia Brown (54) on Brown Partial Leather (26)

5-Speed 915 Manual Transmission

Clean and Clear California Title

Certificate of Authenticity

PCA Member Owned

1-Family Owners for 40-Years

As Porsche was winding down production of the “long-hood” 911s (1964-1973) and getting ready for the first major body change in the 911, they produced a unique car just for the U.S. market: the 911T with Bosch CIS (Continuous Injection System). This replaced the previous MFI (Mechanical Fuel Injection) for various reasons including new emission regulations, reliability, and improved fuel economy. This half-year production engine was unique for the U.S. market and only a few thousand in total were built. By this time, many of the U.S. buyers were tired of the finicky MFI systems and scrambled to buy up the first CIS models. Interestingly, most buyers noticed two significant performance benefits from these systems: ease of starting when cold and improved torque curve. This made these cars wonderful for daily use, especially around town in normal city driving conditions.

This 911 was one of the very last of the ‘73’s. It was built on May 24th, 1973 and sold new shortly thereafter through a local Los Angeles Porsche dealer. It was ordered with the following factory equipment:

US Equipment

Forged Alloy Wheels

Stabilizer Bars – F/R

Chrome Strip – Fenders

Comfort Equipment

Tinted Glass All Around

Koni Shocks instead of Boge

Sport Seats – L/R

Front Spoiler

White Fog Lights

Dunlop Tires

The first owner was in the film industry and kept the car for about 4-years before selling it in 1977 to his colleague, Jay. Jay was in the movie and television lighting industry throughout the 70’s and 80’s. When he purchased this car, he was in his early 30’s and had a booming career. By nature, he is a very technical guy and has rebuilt engines in his own airplanes. He was always fascinated with the science of air-cooled motors and was drawn to Porsches. This 911 became his daily driver for about 10-years. He lived in the Hollywood Hills and worked in the studios in both Hollywood and the valley. His love interest also lived in Northridge, so he spent a lot of time driving around the Los Angeles valley area. He primarily serviced the car at local Porsche specialists and bought most of his parts at the local Porsche dealers like Merlin Olsen and Bob Smith Porsche. In 1989, Jay gave the 911 its only re-spray in original single-stage sepia brown. It was done at a high level by one of his fellow specialists in the movie industry. At the time of the repaint, the original bumper and fog lights were replaced with a standard factory front spoiler and the fog lights removed. Shortly after it was repainted, it was stored "temporarily" at his sister's tiny garage in Northridge. The car never moved again as Jay's business relocated out of state and he was flying his private plane to his jobs more than driving. He did occasionally visit the car to start it up, but over time it got burried in the garage under a cover (see pics).

The current owner, Dave, is Jay’s nephew. His first drive in a Porsche 911 was in 1981 when he turned 16-years old and his Uncle let him drive it. From then on, he has been hooked on German air-cooled cars and has owned a long list of some amazing VW and Porsche examples. Each purchase he made, he shared with his Uncle Jay because he was the only other “car-guy” in the family. For years, Dave had wondered what happened to his Uncle’s 911, but never mentioned it. Uncle Jay was too embarrassed about the car’s storage state and never brought it up to his nephew, until 2007 when he announced to his nephew "you know Dave...I still have that '73".

It took 2 months to move the debris out of the garage and driveway (see pic) in order to roll the car into the sunshine. Dave went through the major systems and got the car running safely. They enjoyed the car on weekends for the next few years until in 2011, the cam chains started to sound loose. So, Dave embarked on a complete engine and transmission rebuild as well as restoring the interior. Since Dave did much of the work in his spare time, this journey took another 4-years.

Dave is no stranger to this kind of work and has disassembled and reassembled countless 356s, 911s, and VWs over the years. He has a great eye for the right look as well as extreme patience.

The drivetrain took a lot of time to secure the right parts and people. In fact, he was on a 6-month waiting list just to get a new set of Mahle 2.4 CIS pistons and cylinders from the factory (see pic). Everything inside the motor is fresh. Also, the transmission was rebuilt by a specialist who actually mills some of the bearing carriers from chromoly instead of the factory aluminum for added strength. He sets the perfect lash on the ring/pinion. Furthermore, Dave paid extra to have the transmission case tumbled and clear coated so that it would match the detail of the motor (see pic). Finally, once the freshly rebuilt drivetrain was reinstalled, the car went to Schneider Autohaus in Santa Barbara to have the CIS system completely gone through and anything that needed attention was either replaced or rebuilt. Highlights of this extensive mechanical restoration include:

Clean engine case

New factory Mahle pistons and cylinders

Resurfaced heads

Polish crankshaft

New clutch kit/resurface flywheel

Stainless exhaust valves

Chain tensioner upgrade kit

Aluminum gear countershaft

New rings and bearings

Jet hot coated heat exchangers and muffler (custom blended color for Jerry Seinfeld)

Refinished fuel tank

Rebuilt alternator

Replace distributor

New brake lines, pads, and rotors (some refinished)

Rebuilt brake calipers

Rebuilt rear Koni shocks

The next step was to revive the interior. The current owner didn’t want to just restore to the stock brown interior, but he really wanted to give it a more refined look. The original sport seats were removed back in the early 80’s and replaced with later after-market Recaros (sorry, the original seats are long gone). So, a pair of correct ’73 specific original seats with headrests were sourced and all 4 seats were reupholstered in a period-correct Mercedes perforated finish. To finish off the look, chocolate German wool square weave carpets were custom cut, bound and installed. The door panels were also refinished. The original door pockets had also been replaced with more user-friendly ’74 door pockets. The targa-top headliner was also replaced. While the interior was being done and the old carpet was removed, perfect floor pans were revealed (see pic).

This 911 is in excellent survivor driver/street concours condition and is evident that it was never abused. It is extremely dry and straight. The repaint (although done over 25-years ago) was done to a high standard and shines very nicely. There are minimal signs of use (see pics). The original Fuch wheels were stolen back in the 70’s and were replaced with factory “deep-sixes” from the dealer. They appear to be in original condition with some light patina to the anodizing. They are wearing near full-tread Continental tires. The brakes have more the 75% life remaining. The brightwork is in excellent original condition. The grill and badging are all original factory anodized finish and equally as nice.

The interior looks fresh and crisp. The interior has mostly been restored with the exception of the original dash, which has a couple minor blemishes (see pics). The steering wheel wears its original cover and is showing some age. All the gauges work properly including the clock. The radio is a later Becker Mexico does not power up (probably installed in the late 70’s) but does include its original manual.

For the last 6-months/600-miles, the current owner has been driving, sorting, and tuning this 911. As a result, it drives fantastically. It starts easily and has a wonderful sound. The power feels good with lots of low-end torque. The brakes feel fresh and responsive. The gearbox shifts with ease. This example is the perfect car for touring, weekend cruising, or even daily use.

California registration is paid through February of 2017

This Porsche comes with the original owners manual, radio manual, period-correct toolkit, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, recent restoration records, jack, and spare (steel wheel).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

For tons of photos, go to: www.AutoKennel.com

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.