Everyone has a story to tell. There are countless factors in life that contribute to who we are and what we become. The older we get, the more we see and experience. We collect bumps and bruises along the way, simultaneously reaching milestones and finding joy in our successes. It’s all part of the journey.
Much like us humans, cars have stories to tell. This 911’s story begins in West Germany in September of 1985. It was an exciting time in the world. That same month, divers found the wreckage of the Titanic, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros in Japan and Steve Jobs resigned from Apple.
For the 1986 model year, Porsche built 1,976 Carrera Targas for the United States and this is car number 263. In December 1985, it was registered under its first owner in Birmingham, Michigan. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, service records are thorough. By examining the maintenance booklet one can determine the car traveled across America several times before making its way to Victoria after the turn of the century.
We found the car sitting in a state of disrepair near the end of last summer. While it had good bones, it appeared tired and in need of love. Thus, we decided it would be the perfect candidate for a restoration. Shortly thereafter, Porsche Canada announced the 2020 Classic Restoration Competition. The timing couldn’t have been better. After 34 years on this planet, our 1986 Carrera Targa 3.2 is being given a new chance at life. Furthermore, it will be competing against other cars of similar vintage on a national stage later this year. This marks the beginning of another exciting chapter in our story here at Porsche Victoria.
There’s quite a team of experts behind this project. Chris Brandon, our shop foreman, and Porsche Gold Meister Certified Technician will be completing all the mechanical and electrical work on the car. For the body and paint, we’ve turned to our sister company, Coachworks Restoration for their expertise.
For decades, the Targa designation has been synonymous with the half-open roof concept in the Porsche 911 family. The name originates from the historic Italian “Targa Florio” road race in which Porsche celebrated great success throughout the mid-20th century. Our project car sports the 3.2L flat-six engine, producing 207 horsepower and 192 foot-pounds of torque in perfect running condition. Chris has begun the extensive work required on the motor, which will including a full tear down and reseal. Each component will be inspected and cleaned before reassembly.
The process has now commenced but there’s a lot more of this story to be told. Take a look at some of our 'before' photos below and stay tuned!
Date Posted: January 13, 2020