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964 Cab to Targa

So it seems to me that Cabs seems to sell for a lot less than other 964 iterations, is it foolish that one could think that they could buy a Cab and convert it to a Targa at a reasonable cost?


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Old 11-01-2018, 02:00 PM
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I haven't followed the 964 market recently, but aren't cabs usually more expensive than targas? Aren't targas usually the least desirable body style?

It might not be just a matter of welding on a targa bar and adding on that heavy rear glass. What about door window frames and door glass?
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So it seems to me that Cabs seems to sell for a lot less than other 964 iterations, is it foolish that one could think that they could buy a Cab and convert it to a Targa at a reasonable cost?


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Haven't really come across these conversions before; not to say that it can't be done - usually it's targa to cab.
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Itís more of availability, seems like targaís are much rarer.


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Anything can be done with enough money, but I doubt that the difference in value would ever come close to the cost of the conversion.
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I re targa'd a cab;d targa... I feel like I'm the only one that has done it! haha!
After doing it, I have to say it wasn't that daunting....
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Why make it a targa, why not a cab to coupe conversion. Fewer parts needed = cheaper to do?
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It depends on a few factors, here are my somewhat potentially incoherent thoughts:

1. How much work you do your self: save on labor costs
2. How fast you can do it: can you get it done before the market shifts
3. Can you do quality (almost factory) work: if your intent is to sell it for some profit or have a car that is "more valuable" is the work going to be good enough that the end result is a satisfactory targa.

Frankly all these conversions flying around seem fairly so/so considering the full spectrum of them. Granted the Singers are pretty sweet but keep in mind for every singer there are likely a dozen chop jobs. In the end of the day most Porsches are an $[XX,XXX] car. In other words, to have a nice, drive-able, good order, clean example its going to cost about the same if you buy it up front or buy a resto-job and do the work. So a cab purchase + targa swap may in the end be about the cost of a targa outright. Keep in mind you will need to source a targa bar, the rear glass (one of the pricer pieces), a targa top, and all the related hardware etc. You will also need to pull the cab top which you might be able to sell to re-coupe some costs but that requires someone looking to buy it. You get the picture.

I'd say keep it as is, drive it, have some fun, and if you want a targa, buy a targa. When I bought my 78 SC Targa in 2010 the market was out of the bottom of them and they were worth almost nothing. The market has slowly heated up as the 70's cars are getting popular and it no longer matters which one you have so long as its air cooled. Same for the cabs, once seen as leaky and problematic people just want to get into a classic 911 now.
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I haven't followed the 964 market recently, but aren't cabs usually more expensive than targas? Aren't targas usually the least desirable body style?

It might not be just a matter of welding on a targa bar and adding on that heavy rear glass. What about door window frames and door glass?
Look at production numbers. They made a lower percentage of 964 targas relative to coupes than any other generation.
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Not a good idea who wants a re-Targa. And yes agree with Matt they are pretty rare but for a reason they did not sell well. Maybe as an investment but only original.
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It depends on a few factors, here are my somewhat potentially incoherent thoughts:

1. How much work you do your self: save on labor costs
2. How fast you can do it: can you get it done before the market shifts
3. Can you do quality (almost factory) work: if your intent is to sell it for some profit or have a car that is "more valuable" is the work going to be good enough that the end result is a satisfactory targa.

Frankly all these conversions flying around seem fairly so/so considering the full spectrum of them. Granted the Singers are pretty sweet but keep in mind for every singer there are likely a dozen chop jobs. In the end of the day most Porsches are an $[XX,XXX] car. In other words, to have a nice, drive-able, good order, clean example its going to cost about the same if you buy it up front or buy a resto-job and do the work. So a cab purchase + targa swap may in the end be about the cost of a targa outright. Keep in mind you will need to source a targa bar, the rear glass (one of the pricer pieces), a targa top, and all the related hardware etc. You will also need to pull the cab top which you might be able to sell to re-coupe some costs but that requires someone looking to buy it. You get the picture.

I'd say keep it as is, drive it, have some fun, and if you want a targa, buy a targa. When I bought my 78 SC Targa in 2010 the market was out of the bottom of them and they were worth almost nothing. The market has slowly heated up as the 70's cars are getting popular and it no longer matters which one you have so long as its air cooled. Same for the cabs, once seen as leaky and problematic people just want to get into a classic 911 now.
makes sense to me
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I re targa'd a cab;d targa... I feel like I'm the only one that has done it! haha!
After doing it, I have to say it wasn't that daunting....

was that the one in Seattle or where ever?
yeah, i think that was a real cool one. search his thread.
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BTW... I just read a long thread on Rennlist about the D Moris hard top for the 964 cab. Pretty impressive piece.
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As trader220 said try to source a hardtop for a 964 cab. Easily reversible ��
Here's one not cheap, but remember reversible. https://werks911.com/products/body-components-removable-hardtop-for-3-dot-2-cabriolet-fiberglass-1987-89
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A conversion is always worth less than the real thing.

But... If you really want to do a 964 Cab conversion; turn it into a super gorgeous 964 Speedster.
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