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1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

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  • Mileage~110,000 calculated
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.0L
  • LocationPaignton


1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa

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Glyn Parry
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Most school boys had the iconic 911 on their bedroom wall, and rightly so, it really is a beautiful creation.

The Porsche 911 first arrived in 1964 to replace the 356. The rear-mounted, air-cooled engine layout remained the same, however, the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body-shell and dropped the VW-based suspension in favour of the McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. Most importantly though, the engine was upgraded to an air-cooled flat six, a legendary change. Two years after the release of the introduction of the original coupe, Porsche announced their convertible variation, named the 'Targa', after their multiple wins in the Sicilian classic. The Targa featured a large roll-over bar to meet safety legislation, and a removable roof which could fit in the front storage space.

With the vendor since 1995, Justin has had a wonderful time owning this classic 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa. However, in storage for 10 years, and now planning to emigrate means that some other lucky person is going to become the proud owner of this classic air-cooled 911.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Justin the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Like many, a fascination with the sports cars from Porsche came about from an early age, I couldn’t believe it when I finally owned one.

Justin has owned this 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 since 1995. He brought the Porsche and used it quite regularly for a number of years, keeping on top of general maintenance and actioning an engine rebuild, documented in the extensive history file.

Used as Justin’s wedding car in 2011, it has been in dry storage since then at his parent’s house. Shortly after getting married Justin spent a few years working in Germany, which meant that the car was unused for approximately the next seven years. Justin did start the car up a couple of years ago where it fired up fine, but it's been sitting since then, until we sent our technician to give the car a once over before the photographs.

Now Justin is moving out to Australia, it is time to part with his childhood dream car. Although we took the car out on our usual "On The Road" video, the car is being sold as a non-runner due to an intermittent electrical fault (suspected CDI unit issue). Justin will be more than happy to answer any questions you have in the comments below.

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A respray and dry storage has kept this 1977 Porsche in an extremely presentable condition, a perfect candidate for a winter project.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with a nice set of cookie cutters complete with centre caps, these have been body colour coded to the centres and are in a reasonable condition. With just a couple of small marks to the edges and some tarnishing to the dish, the presentation could be elevated with some elbow grease.

The tyres are matching Pirelli which do have some good tread remaining, but are dated ~1997. Please see more images of the wheels in the exterior gallery. Justin has a set of Carrera Cup Alloys that he used to use with the car, these will also be included in the sale.


Probably one of the most iconic shaped Porsches ever made, with its smooth lines from front to rear, the whale tail giving that all familiar silhouette.

The panel gaps align quite well, although a couple of tweaks to the doors would improve the aesthetics ever so slightly. There are a couple of areas such as the front of the wings which have started to blister a little, and some odd areas of surface corrosion to the rear arches.

The boot lid has been replaced at some point with a whale tail spoiler. This is made from fiberglass and does look to align and sit as it should. Also, the roof panel looks to fit well and lay nice and flat.

Please take the time to look through the hi-resolution images we have taken for a more detailed look at the exterior.


The Porsche was repainted a number of years ago and so is in good order with regards to stone chips. There are a couple of areas which can be seen in the photographs, where the paint has started to crack in places.

The images taken are from various angles and reflections to show off the wonderful Porsche 911 at its best, as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. Please take the time to fully assess the condition of the exterior.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks to be in good condition, with just the odd age related mark as you would expect. The window rubbers have shrunk a touch, but these are parts that are readily available from your local Porsche specialist or main dealer.

The lights are in good order to the front and rear with no splits in the lenses. There are a few small chips to the bezels of the headlights, but nothing a rattle can of satin black wouldn't fix. Justin has some spares when it comes to the lights that will be included with the sale.


Black leather electric seats and classic Porsche dial configuration set the scene sitting behind the wheel of this 3.0 911.

Seats and Carpets

The black leather seats show some patina, with just some light signs of creasing to the driver’s bolster. The passenger seat has a little less patina and the rear seats are in excellent condition, which do not look to have had much use over the years.

The carpets were replaced in 2004 and are still in excellent condition, showing little signs of wear.


The dashboard has a small split to the top approximately ~1cm, something that could easily be repaired. The instruments are in nice condition with the odometer showing ~51,551 miles.

Justin tells us that the odometer has been replaced at some point and the true mileage is approximately ~110,000 miles. Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is believed to be the original. It does have some patina in keeping with the age and mileage.

The gear knob is also in matching condition, with just some paint missing to the lever.


With a rebuilt engine in the early 1990’s and a rebuilt gearbox in the late 1980’s - this 3.0 litre flat six is eager to stretch its legs again.

Engine and Gearbox

3.0 litre straight-six, the perfect Porsche engine? As mentioned, the engine was rebuilt in the early 1990’s and the gearbox just before in the late 80’s.

As we mentioned earlier, we sent our technician to give the car a once over before the photoshoot. The car started up ok, even after not being run for many years, and it ran for a while and then cut out. This is believed to be something to do with the CDI unit, but would need to be confirmed by your own mechanic, and as such the car is being sold as a non-runner. After a little fettle, the straight-six was back to life and the car was running again, which was enough to take if for a gentle run around the estate.

Suspension and Brakes

Looking at the suspension, there doesn't appear to be any signs of leaking dampers. There is some surface rust to the suspension components, as you would expect with the age of the vehicle.

Our technician breathed some new life into the brakes to free them off, as the car has stood for so long. These do work and the discs look to be in quite good condition, but we would recommend a full overhaul before it was used on the road in anger.

The Drive

On the drive around the estate the car goes through the gears nice and smooth and there are no unwanted noises coming from the suspension, transmission or engine. We only gently drove it around, as it had not been run for some time, and would therefore recommend collecting the car on a trailer and giving it a full service and inspection before the 911 was used on the road.

Electrics and Other

Inside, if you got fed up of listening to the 3.0 flat-six, (we don’t think that would happen, but never say never), there is a full Alpine stereo system including amplifiers fitted for your entertainment.

The switches have been cut to allow the fitment of the head unit, but these are working as they should. Also an easy item to replace if you wished.

History and Paperwork

A nice history file complete with the original service book and two sets of keys, this car is a cracking candidate for fettling over the colder months as a winter project.

Justin has kept a lot of the paperwork for parts bought for the 911, as have some other previous keepers, which has made for a nice history file showing a well cared for car. Included in the sale are a host of spares; Carrera Cup alloys, some spares relating to the external lights and some spare parts for the interior.

Please remember the car has been standing for 10 years and will be in need of some recommissioning to ensure everything is as it should be. We have had the car running and it has been driven around as you can see from our on the road video, but as mentioned the intermittent electrical fault believed to be the CDI unit means this car is being sold as a non-runner, and we recommend that it is collected on a trailer.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned an HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
16.09.2011 MOT 51,522
23.09.2010 MOT 51,493
06.05.2009 MOT 51,335
03.10.2006 MOT 50,770
25.08.2005 MOT 49,468
10.02.2004 Service 49,419
26.09.1997 MOT 44,748
02.03.1996 Service 37,000
31.10.1994 MOT 32,401
30.06.1992 MOT 24,811
06.04.1992 Service 21,553
01.05.1991 MOT 23,839
16.08.1990 Service 21,124
12.09.1989 Service
04.09.1989 MOT 18,810
23.06.1987 Service 10,894
06.11.1986 Service 970 (approximate year for clock change)
01.12.1982 Service 59,360
28.09.1980 Service 47,656
24.08.1979 Service 35,642
23.11.1978 Service 24,719
14.03.1978 Service 12,210
26.07.1977 Service 492
Key Details
  • Model911 Carrera 3.0 Targa
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.07.1977
  • CC2,993
  • Mileage~110,000 calculated
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #9117610620
  • Engine #6671847
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • Former Keepers7
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned25 Years
  • Key Feature3.0 litre flat-six

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2 years ago

Many people are asking about the CDI fault, so I thought it best to describe the symptoms here:

The CDI unit (3 pin) is receiving the correct supply and it powering up with the high-pitch whining noise. There is however no high voltage pulses at the coil resulting in no spark. This is a common 911 issue, especially when vehicles have not been used for a while.

The last vehicle I had the same symptoms on (930 turbo- 6 pin CDI) had the main capacitor fail. This was a £30 part, and 2hrs labour to strip the CDI, replace the capacitor and rebuild.

Unfortunately without a CDI test-bed I can’t confirm 100% that only the capacitor is at fault, but the symptoms would indicate it.

I hope this is of help.

2 years ago

Cdi unit looks to be £925 new

2 years ago

RESERVE MET – On Sale and will be sold to the highest bidder tonight. Good luck!

2 years ago

Have you had any quotes to repair the electrical fault?

2 years ago

Hi. Thanks for your interest. I have not had any quotes for the repair. It will probably need a new CDI unit.

2 years ago

I’ve reached out to the office team to arrange to view the car. When would be ok with you?

2 years ago

Will Thursday be suitable for you in the afternoon.