Porsche Santa Clarita, member of the Galpin Motors family, has unveiled its 1974 Porsche Carrera Targa “Safari” at the recent Werks Reunion event in Monterey, Calif. as part of the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge.
The build started with chassis 161 of only 246 road-going Targa models in the United States for that model year and is powered by a modified 2.7L naturally-aspirated flat-six engine. The modified flat-six features larger 92mm cylinders, compared to the factory 90mm cylinders, bumping the car’s output to 180 horsepower. The brakes are upgraded OEM 986 Porsche Boxster units, a rear-seat delete saves weight and the steering was restored with new seals and gaskets.
The car retains its Targa top, but features a ducktail spoiler from the 1973 Carrera. The exterior color was changed to lime green, an iconic color of Porsche cars from the 1970’s. The custom-built roll cage added safety and stability to the vehicle and also was painted lime green. To complete the theme 1970s-inspired stripes were added to the body.
Suspension upgrades include a Stage 4 Elephant Racing Safari System combined with hollow RSR sway bars and upgraded BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires. Lighting has been upgraded with a TRE lightbar fixed to the custom front bumper and skidplate. The interior has been outfitted with orange leather, a completely re-done climate control system using OEM components and a custom audio system with Porsche’s original classic radio upgraded with navigation.
“It’s an honor to participate again in the Porsche Classic Restoration challenge and there was no shortage of inspiration this year,” said Beau Boeckmann, President and Chief Operating Officer for Galpin Motors. “Our goal with this Targa was to build something that was modified like it might be in period, inspired by the Safari Porsches that raced in East Africa in 1973, all while paying homage to Galpin’s history in off-roading and racing. We can’t wait to spend some time in the dirt with it.”
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