1973 Porsche 911 Reviews from North America

1973 Porsche 911 T Targa 2.4

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Distance when acquired129 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

The best road going sport car ever built

Faults:

Had an air box explode in 1974.

Quartz clock innards replaced twice, no other problems.

General Comments:

Of the many expensive cars I have owned, this is the best put together, designed and performing auto I have ever been in.

Tires last forever.

Price has appreciated 400% since I bought it new.

New 997s pale in comparison.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 2007

5th Oct 2008, 19:15

I had a 2.4 911T in the 80's. loved it. It ran circles around all subsequent air cooled 911's...wish I still had it.

2nd Jan 2009, 12:30

I've owned a Porsche Targa 73.5 CIS 2.4 since 2003.

It took 2 years to renovate this beauty and I am very proud of the result.

The car is fun to drive even in the traffic, and most of all on mountain roads.

1973 Porsche 911 T 2.2 liter, carbs

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter, carbs Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance90500 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

The Worlds Greatest Sports Car?

Faults:

Windshield wiper never worked and the targa top came off once going down the road. The car was never operated in inclement weather anyway.

The small linkage piece that joined the shifting mechanism with the transmission would frequently loosen up and leave you in whatever gear you happened to be in.

As with most air cooled cars, this one featured customary oil leakage.

General Comments:

Simply put, the early '70s 911 targa is one of the purest sports cars ever born to the face of the earth. Long before Stuttgart built cars that had water cooling, air conditioning, emission control, power windows, brakes, and steering, Porsche built comfortable automobiles that had incredible power to weight ratios.

My 1973 model didn't have fuel injection and would run with the 'big dogs'. People were amazed when I flipped open the rear hatch only to reveal a 2.2 liter engine that powered nothing but the transmission and the alternator.

Its Bursch header produced a spine-tingling whine whenever the car approached the red line underneath an overpass. The targa top was the perfect mechanism for open air driving.

There aren't many cars that are continually fun to operate, have an excellent driving position, and run like this beast. This car would get over twenty miles per gallon and would exceed 145 mph.

Why did I sell it?

Every time I ask myself this question I am reminded that my 911 was succumbing to cancer (rust). Beware of any German car built before the late 1970s as rust is a MAJOR concern, especially on the front belly pan. Make sure you look under the car BEFORE you drive it.

With that said, I would certainly own a 911 again. Unfortunately, most of the early 1970s models are now worth more than they were new and there are reasons why!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2002

13th Jul 2008, 23:12

I agree! I had an ex US 1973 911T which was slightly modified with a 2.7 K-Jet injected motor. I have regretted selling it ever since and (after a string of alternatives 3.2 carrera, 964 C4, 1962 356 T6 Cabriolet even a ferrari 308) am looking for another, sure, often the heaters don't work, they're a little leaky (the ones in my price range anyway) and they're prone to cancer, but get one on a favourite stretch of road on a nice clear morning and WOW.

17th Jan 2009, 15:46

The 1973 911T for North America was a 2.4 liter engine. It also most certainly had fuel injection (Bosch mechanical in the early part of the model model and 1973 1/2 had CIS injection).

I raced mine autocrossing and drove the hell out of that beast. Flat footed in top gear would yield 137mph.

But, I completely agree with a true sports car that thrilled the driver and passengers alike!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews