Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

Niall Cooney from East Cork with his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911. Picture: Dan Linehan

Niall Cooney shows off his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

What are you currently driving?

I am driving a Porsche Carrera Targa — Targa is the name given to the roof which folds up and fits into the boot so you have a convertible.

Love at first sight, or just a means to get from A to B?

Love at first sight. I’ve always wanted one, but could not afford it until they became older.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

What’s under the bonnet?

Under the bonnet there is a 3-litre flat 6 air-cooled fuel injected petrol engine developing 180 hp with a top speed of reputedly 140mph.

Petrol head or Sunday driver?

A bit of a petrol head. I go on vintage runs or static shows most weekends, but I do like to put the foot down when out driving the car, but stay within the speed limits obviously.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

What was your first car?

My first car was a Ford Popular. I’ve had everything since, including Granadas, Mercs, VWs, Renaults, etc.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

What else do/did you own?

My wife and myself own an Audi A4 diesel — it’s a full spec beautiful car.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

Dream drive in dream location?

My dream drive would be in a ’67 Mustang Fastback on the I10 from California to Florida.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

Passenger you’d most like on a long journey?

Passenger I’d most like would be my wife Mary in the Porsche of course — roof off, on a nice sunny day heading away for the weekend.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911

Passenger you’d least like?

Passenger I’d least like would be former Environment Minister Phil Hogan telling me how great he is.

What’s on your playlist?

Dire Straits, Johnny Cash and the great Luke Kelly.

Motors & Me: Niall Cooney and his 1979 Porsche Carrera Targa 911


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