The 1971 Porsche 911 was offered in three versions: the Porsche 911 T, which was considered the entry-level model; the Porsche 911 E, as the luxury version; and the Porsche 911 S, which was the most powerful and sporty version of the lineup. Within those configurations, the Porsche 911 was offered as a Soft Window Targa and as a Coupe. During both 1970 and 1971, the German automaker also increased engine displacement to 2.2L through the use of fuel injection. While rust continued to be an issue throughout this time, Porsche was at least paying more attention to the Porsche 911’s vulnerable floor pans and gave the 1971 Porsche 911 galvanized under-floor areas coated with PVC to make the car better resistant to corrosion and rust. If you’re thinking about buying a 1971 Porsche 911 S Soft Window Targa, these are some of the considerations that have lead the Porsche 911 models with the 2.2L engines to continue to be among the most sought-after in the Porsche classic car market. The Soft Window Targa in particular is popular thanks to the uniqueness of its design – a first in the market at the time.
While the Porsche 911 is known for being reliable, with many still being used as everyday drivers, if the car was neglected during its life, you can expect to pay for that neglect somewhere down the line. The Beverly Hills Car Club, a California classic car dealership with a worldwide reputation for offering only the best advice and guidance when it comes to classics, always recommends that you look for a model that is in good overall condition and that has extensive service records. Oil changes every 3,000-miles are particularly crucial to the overall condition and life of the engine. On the 1971 Porsche 911 S Soft Window Targa, rust can also be an issue, so it is best to have a third-part inspection. Some of the rust-prone areas include around the door latch, the doorsills, jacking points, behind the seats, and under the wheel arches. Those looking to purchase Soft Window Targa models should also be weary of the interior condition of any examples, as they would have been exposed to the elements more often than their Coupe counterpart.
These are just a handful of the Buyer’s Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club team has learned from years of experience buying and selling classic Porsche models and all European and American classics. For more information on the 1971 Porsche 911 S Soft Window Targa or to discuss your specific desires for a classic 911, do not hesitate to contact their team today. They look forward to hearing from you soon!
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