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2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4 (997.1)

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 108,900 Miles

Engine: 3.6-Liter Flat-6 Engine M97 Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Guards Red Metallic Exterior

Interior: Black Standard Leather Interior

Additional features:

Retractable Targa Glass Roof

Power Sunshade

3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel

Alcantara GT3 Shift Knob / Boot

Self Dimming Mirrors

Xenon Headlights

LED Taillights

12-Way Power Memory Seats w/ Lumbar Support

Porsche Crest in Headrest

Heated Seats

Bose High End Sound Package

Remote 6-Disc CD Changer

Porsche Carpet Floor Mats

H&R Sport Springs

Bilstein B4 OE Dampeners

19-Inch Turbo Wheels

Bridgestone Potenza Tires

19-Inch 5-Spoke Winter Wheels w/

Michelin Pilot Alpin Tires

Fitted Car Cover

Extensive Recent Maintenance:

Preventative IMS Bearing Seal Removed

Clutch / Flywheel

Water Pump

Rear Brakes

Suspension

Lots More

Background

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4 (997.1) exterior photo

The world is a better place thanks to the 997 Porsche 911—at least the world of those who care about Porsche 911s. The 997 was Porsche’s reconciliation for the dramatic departure that it made with the 996 911. When the air-cooled age ended with the legendary 993, its successor the 996 had herculean shoes to fill. When it lacked the personality of the air-cooled cars (and how could it not have), it stoked the fears that Porsche had lost its way. It wasn’t that the 996 was bad (in fact it was excellent), we just weren’t ready for the change that it brought. The 997 put those fears to rest, and in the eyes of many, steered the 911 ship back on course. The 997 featured refined, yet classic styling, better materials and build quality, and proper headlights. In 2007 Porsche released the Targa 4 and Targa 4S featuring a retractable glass roof and power sunshade. Like the 911 Turbo, the Targa models were only offered with all-wheel drive and they enjoyed comparatively low production numbers to their Carrera siblings. As time has marched on, the 997 has become the sweet spot of the water-cooled 911-era striking a wonderful balance of modern amenities without compromising the proper 911 driving experience.

Summary

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This 2007 997.1 911 Targa 4 is finished in Guards Red over Black Standard Leather. The Targa retractable glass roof and all-wheel drive make it the perfect Colorado Porsche 911. It is optioned with the proper 6-speed manual gearbox and heated seats for those glass-roof-open days in the high country. With 108,900 miles it is at an excellent driver-quality example at an entry-level price point. Yet, it presents fantastically despite its miles. Factory options include xenon headlights, power seats, Porsche crests in the headrests, self-dimming mirrors, the Bose sound system, and 19-inch Turbo wheels. It also features H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein B4 OE dampeners, an Alcantara GT3 shift knob and boot, along with an extra set of black 5-spoke wheels wearing Michelin Alpin tires. It was originally delivered by McDaniels Auto Group in Columbia South Carolina in November of 2006 and was serviced there with the first owner through 2012 and 41K miles. From there it lived in the mid-Atlantic Region with multiple owners, some who appear to be short-term dealer owners and some who owned it for several year stints. Last year it landed with a Glen Shelly regular in Lawrence, Kansas who we are selling it on consignment for (only because he is replacing it with 996 Turbo that he had first right of refusal on).

Under the previous owner (who purchased it in Feb 2018 with 87K miles) and current owner it has received extensive and important maintenance. The list includes: the clutch, flywheel, rear main seal, preventative IMS bearing seal removal, IMS flange seal, front driveshaft flex coupling, transmission and front differential fluids, spark plugs, driver side coil packs, rear brake pads and rotors, water pump, H&R springs w/ Bilstein dampeners, shock mounts, engine mounts, replacement climate control display, radio / Nav display, and a four-wheel alignment. The Carfax reports an accident with damage to the left side with the first owner in 2011 and the previous owner reported another accident with damage to the left rear quarter panel, along with a wildlife incident that caused the windshield and passenger side mirror to be replaced. Our paint gauge report showed that virtually every panel has had paintwork, which is described in depth below.

As it sits, this a great example of a Porsche 911 Targa 4 with all of the right options for Colorado. It wears its mileage wonderfully and has had all of the significant maintenance completed that near sub-100K mile examples are going to need. Thanks to its cosmetic flaws and miles, it represents a great value in the 911 market. We will include a Porsche Club membership with the sale, and private performance driving instruction is also available.

Exterior

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4 (997.1) exterior photo

The exterior condition of this 911 Targa 4 is very presentable, but close inspection does reveal flaws in the paintwork. Various panels have been repainted at different times, with faint color mismatches; the front bumper is the worst. There are also some areas of overspray, but none are glaring. The paint gauge report shows an average paint depth of 6-7 mils, with the highest being 12-14 mils. There are several small door dings, along with typical light scratches and chips. The windshield glass is crack-free and has only very minor pitting. The side, roof, and rear glass are in excellent shape. The headlights are not foggy and only have minor pitting. The front turn signals have moderate pitting but are clear and crack-free. The LED taillights are clear with no cracks. The driver’s side auto-dimming rear view mirror has yellowed glass; replacement glass can be sourced from Suncoast for around $600. The winter wheels are in good shape with minimal imperfections. They are wearing Michelin Alpin winter tires with good tread remaining, but older DOT dates. The original Turbo wheels are in fair condition and would benefit from being refinished. They have moderate curb rash and paint imperfections. They are wearing mismatched Bridgestone Potenza model tires with good tread remaining.

Interior

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Overall the interior is in good shape. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. There are no rips or tears in the carpet and the factory floor mats are in good shape. The steering wheel leather is good shape with no failed stitching; the left spoke trim piece does have visible wear. The gauges all function correctly. In the tachometer the tire pressure monitoring system takes some time to populate the tire pressures, which causes a false low tire pressure light. It will extinguish on a long drive. The LED taillights will trigger a “check rear fog” light message if the rear fog lights are selected. Both the driver and passenger seats have moderate creasing. The rear seats are in great shape. All interior functions, options, power accessories, and controls work correctly. The Targa glass roof and sunshade function correctly and the hatch-style rear glass makes loading items in the back easy. The multimedia screen and instrument cluster have no blown out pixels. The media screen does not communicate with the CD changer, triggering a CD changer not connected message. The GT3 alcantara shift knob does have some visible wear; it could be replaced with an leather shift knob and boot for around $500. There is also some typical 997 wear on the inside of the driver’s door window switch trim panel. The cup holders are functional. The frunk carpet is clean. One key is included with the car, along with a records binder.

Mechanical

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Our independent Porsche specialist found little to gripe about on our mechanical inspection. The car starts on command, idles smoothly, pulls very strongly to redline (once the oil temp is warmed up, of course). There are no mechanical warning lights. It has no leaks or seeps. The water pump was recently replaced, and there is faint coolant smell from the job that has diminished with driving. The clutch take-up is correct and does not slip thanks to its recent replacement. The shifter is tight and precise. The brakes are wonderful, the front rotors have some lip; the rear rotors were replaced by the previous owner. There is ample pad life remaining on both. The H&R sport springs are firm, but are tolerable for street driving and offer excellent corning combined with the Bilstein dampeners. We ensure it passes and pay for