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Car of the Week - July 7th, 2011

Keith Martin's Sports Car Market has chosen the 1972 Porsche 911S Targa of Ray Crawford as the Chubb Collector Car Insurance Car of the Week.

Steve McQueen was a fan of long wheelbase 911s, and you should be too. He famously drove a 1970 911S coupe in the motorsports epic “Le Mans.” The 911S was the highest available specification for street model 911s in 1972, with the 2.4-liter flat six busting out 190 hp at 6,500 rpm along with 159 lb-ft of torque. Just 989 examples were made that year.

The Olive paint is said to be the original color, which would have made it among the 20 special order colors available in ’72. The car has been kept in very clean condition over the years; there is no mention of any sort of rebuilding or refinishing of the car. And it’s obvious from the picture that Ray likes to keep his car in good company.

Price valuations for ’72 911S Targas are between $40k and $55k for vehicles in good to excellent condition, and originality and pedigree often drive prices even higher. This one may not be for sale any time soon, and I can’t say I blame Ray, as it’s likely a blast to drive.

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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