Philip Raby Porsche

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Buying a 1980 Porsche 911 Targa

Buying a 1980 Porsche 911 Targa

I had a message from a lady in Ireland wanting advice on what to look for when buying a 1980 911 Targa, and could there be a problem with a car that’s been stored for 10 years?

Here’s my reply:

With any 911 of this age the big killer is rust – check carefully for rust on the front wings, rear wings and, most importantly, the sills, inner sills and door shuts (above). Rust can be very expensive to put right. Be wary of a car that’s just been repainted – it could be hiding rust.
Targa roofs can be a pain and often don’t seal well. Check the seals and the condition of the roof. Expect to pay £1000 to have a roof refurbished.
SC engines are generally tough and capable of 150,000 miles or more without a rebuild. Check for oil leaks underneath.
Look for a good service history with plenty of paperwork to prove the car has been cherished.
It’s not that unusual to hear of cars that haven’t been used much over the years. However, they should have been regularly serviced even if they’ve not been driven. A car that’s been left for 10 years without attention could be in a bad way – engine seals will perish, brakes will seize and perish, tyres will perish etc.

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