RARITY for the Porsche collector.
A genuine Supersport Targa is one of the most rare of this generation of 911. The massive rise in value of these Porsche over the last 7 years reflects the appeal; the drive, the aesthetics, the sound and with the low mileage of this particular example, this must be a great 911 bet for the future.
It is believed that Porsche manufactured just 63 M491 ‘wide-body’ Targa for the UK in 1989.
There were it seems, only 1063 Targa (of both LHD and RHD normal and wide body types) built in total for what is known as RoW (rest of World). Convertibles (2787) and coupes (3532) were made in much greater numbers. Further more, judging by the VIN number of this car (1017) it is one of the very very last of right drive UK cars. No doubt as more research is done it will become certain, but by then the car will be in new hands.
C16 (UK specification) RHD.
As you may already know, a real genuine Supersport (or Works Turbo Look as the Europeans describe them) is a special car. Embracing the wide-body Turbo-Look, these Supersport variants came with the deep front spoiler and ‘tea-tray’ rear wing of their turbo charged relatives, plus the uprated brake system, wider rear track and wider 16″ Fuchs alloys too of a Turbo.
They retained the normally aspirated 3.2 litre air-cooled flat six (for C16 models, 930/20 motor without catalytic converters making 231 bhp) and this has the Getrag G50 5-speed gearbox.
In addition this particular car has the rare Factory M220 option 40% Limited slip differential.
Registered new on 1st August 1989, the first day for ‘G’ registration cars and supplied by Charles Follett (OPC London) to Mr Angus Didsbury of Essex.
Complete with original book pack, service book and driver’s manual, tool roll and original spare wheel.
The engine shows no signs of ever being rebuilt, although the heat exchangers and exhaust look to be replacements. The low mileage is supported by service history with records in the service book;
* 3,199 miles – Dingle Garages Ltd (now official Mercedes Benz centre), North Wales
* 12,878 miles – Jct 600, OPC Bradford
* 16,248 miles – Merlin, OPC Nottingham
* 17,656 miles – Sytner of Nottingham
* 31,926 miles – OPC Lancaster Colchester
* 32,777 miles – Merlin, OPC Nottingham
* 36,713 miles – Statller, IPS Sheffield
* 38,348 miles – OPC Sheffield
* 41,160 miles and 41,293 miles Specialist Cars, IPS Yorkshire
* 2004 at 33,271 miles
* 2006 at 33,700 miles
* 2007 at 34,700 miles
* 2010 at 35,262 mile
* 2011 at 35,334 miles
* 2012 at 37,185 miles
* 2013 at 38,348 miles
* 2014 at 39,367 miles
* 2015 at 40,354 miles
* 2016 at 40,949 miles
* 2017 x 2 (when it was last sold by Specialist Cars of Malton) at 41,160 miles and 41,293 miles
Immaculate in the original colour of Guards red (L80K) with Linen leather and carpets, black dashboard and trim. The electrically adjustable Sports seats are in great shape with minimum wear and no scuffing. Under the protective black over mats, the carpet is plush and very clean. The dash top is free from any signs of UV damage or cracking and the instrument dials are crystal clear.
The black Targa roof is spotless on both the outer and inner finishes and the headlamp glass and rear lamp units are flawless. Unmarked 16″ Fuchs alloys with a polished rim and gloss black centres, fitted with a matching set of Bridgstone S-02 tyres with 7 mm of tread at the front and 8 mm at the rear.
The specification codes are:
058 Impact absorbers front and rear
220 Locking differential 40 %
243 Shorter shift lever for G50 transmission
330 Cassette-radio Blaupunkt Blaupunkt Toronto SQR 46
335 Rear automatic 3-point seat belts
383 Sports seat, left, electrical height adjustment
387 Sports seat, right, electrical height adjustment
425 Rear window wiper
490 Sound system
567 Top-tinted windscreen
975 Luggage compartment velour carpet
Additionally it has a modern ‘Porsche Classic Radio-Navigation system. 3.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, AM/FM radio with CD, DVD, MP3 and SD card capabilities. The Bluetooth system also allows for hands-free telephone calls.
A fabulous opportunity to acquire one of Porsche’s truly special 911’s.