What a treat it was to be the one to wake up a 1970 Porsche 911T Targa after it had slept in a garage for at least 24 months. Covered in dust, tires low of air, it was a bear to get it started. It took several tries as then opening up the choke to let in more gas into the Weber carburetors, the car to cranked over and in a billowy blast of deep guttering sounds. This Targa which only had a few start-ups in the last two years of sitting parked, was forced to be awakened from a long sleep. “I had her tuned and parked her” said the owner, “and there she sat”. The engines revolutions per minutes ran slow and the clutch transmission fluids seemed to break away from its hardened state, almost fighting back the gear mashing it needed to roll away from is very secretive spot. Getting a quick cold water shower the layer of accumulated dust I could see bright Guards Red paint prim and properly covering its classic shape. Dripping wet, we didn’t even have to put any gas in it. The 15″ wheels got their tires pressured with 32 lbs in the back and 29 lbs in the front. The engine struggling to keep up its engine revolutions had the glowing alternator light barely on, off it went with me behind the wheel. The car started to get warm, the engine started to run itself more smooth, even the transmission seem to shift, even though by today’s standards, you would probably rather ride a horse. Surprisingly, the car seemed nimble and balanced. It seem correct, light and well-adjusted to current day traffic. Shifting into third and fourth gears the revs were very nice. The freeway speeds of fifth gear allow the car to fly well over 80 mph rather easily. I slowed it down and kept it at nominal 60 mph as to not over do it.
I was comfortable inside, warm and well-connected to the car and its responsiveness. The sense of driving control was at its best as then I took the curve around a series of hills and curves after leaving the freeway. It handled all those curves and hills like a champ, digging in those back shoes as I cranked up the horsepower. Up and down hills shift and downshift seemed controlled. The grinding noises hypnotizing me to almost forcing abuse, but I resisted, treating her like the lady she was. Still she knew who was in control as I fought and defined her stellar vibrancy.
Both 911 front wing on either side of the front hood peeks over the steering wheel, housing chrome plated headlamps as beacons of directional finders. Using them to aim down the road, swallowed up by the fast movement of the air-cooled machinery, they state a reminder when Richard Nixon was President and when the top three rock bands were Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin and Elton John. This was a car that road on roads when Arab Republic of Egypt had its name, and when Howard Hughes lived secluded in Intercontinental Hotel near Lake Managua in Nicaragua.
The car performed brilliantly, switch backing every curve, and shifting into the higher gear squeezed every one of its horizontal pistons to fire off plugs. So to would one gauge the cars timeless performance as excellence as one might have it. So too, was the cars inner character being what it is strongest being. A Porsche 911 awake after being Rumpelstiltskin.