Car of the Month – March, 2023

1975 Porsche 911S Targa

March 2023 Car of the Month

1975 Porsche 911S Targa

Engine – overhead cam, Flat 6, 2.7 liters
Horsepower – 175 hp, 167 ft-lbs of torque @ 4000 rpm
Transmission – 5-speed manual
Curb weight – 2,480 lbs
0-60 time – 7.3 seconds
1/4 mile time – 15.6 seconds
Top speed – 131 mph
Number built – 1,517 (U.S.)
MSRP price – $12,800.00

Nothing screams sports car like the iconic Porsche 911. In continuous production since 1964, the 911 has been delivered in many variations, trim levels, and an ever-increasing amount of performance and road manners. Through all its technological changes, government regulations, and a forever fickle consuming public, the 911 has remained true to its sporting roots.

The 911S nomenclature and the Targa body style were first introduced in 1966. The Targa design allows for full-width roof panel removal, and the S designation was the top-of-the line performance option for normally aspirated Porsches until the introduction of the 930 Turbo in 1975.

The Targa has been a stalwart of the 911 lineup since 1966 when Porsche put a distinctive roll hoop on the 911 Cabrio because they thought the U.S. was going to outlaw full convertibles. Since the U.S. was an important convertible market, the Targa was the solution to provide rollover protection. (The U.S. never did outlaw convertibles).