The first Porsche 911S Targa to be delivered in Germany has been given a new lease of life following a three-year factory restoration carried out by specialists Porsche Classic. The 911S Targa was discovered by the owner after being stood in a garage for almost 40 years in the USA.
Serving the Porsche dealer it came from as a demonstration car, this particular early Targa has a soft rear window rather than the full glass pane which was available from 1967. Only 925 units with an S-engine, short wheelbase and soft window were ever produced by Porsche between the end of 1966 and 1968.
In desperate condition, the rare and highly desirable German sports car found its way to the USA in 1969, then from 1977 until late 2016 remained locked away in a dusty garage in Long Beach (New York State). Luckily, the amazing Porsche was fully intact and even included optional extras such as Webasto parking heater, tinted windscreen, Blaupunkt radio Cologne, leather seats, halogen fog lamps and outside thermometers.
The Targa stood there in a forgotten garage for almost 40 years, covered by a plastic tarpaulin by the former owner who had simply forgotten the car. The 911S Targa was delivered to the Porsche dealer Hülpert in Dortmund on January 24, 1967. The restoration is a special project for us – one of the first 911 Targa finds its way back to Zuffenhausen here.
The philosophy of the Porsche Classic factory restoration has always been to restore vehicles to their ‘original’ condition with full respect paid to the integrity of the car, which meant an endless search for authentic smaller parts such as cable clamps, rubber grommets and sealing plugs for the 2.0 litre S engine – a difficult but not insurmountable challenge for the team at Porsche AG.
Fortunately, in such cases, we can reach into our ‘treasure chest’. Porsche Classic not only has access to the central warehouse with currently more than 60,000 different original spare parts. The in-house specialists also have the original straightening sets, frame gauges, data sheets and technical drawings at their disposal.
Today’s material is grained differently and more robust than the original, but our customer didn’t like it. So we had an optically identical cover made especially for this project. In spite of decades of professional experience, our experts first had to approach its processing, i.e. glueing and sewing. The matching contemporary Targa roof cover is now in stock for the next 911 Targa Softwindow.
The client also requested that chassis parts, engine sheet metal and the air filter system should be prorected with a strong 2-pack paint in black and not the customary robust powder coating used today – corresponding to the delivery condition from 1967.
Polo Red – 911S Targa
After 1000 hours of skilled preparation work on the body of the vehicle, the 911 Targa was painted by hand – in polo red, just like before it was delivered over half a century ago.
This was an owner who wanted to ‘drive’ the car and therefore opted for a lacquer protection film with a slight matt finish which is applied without glue and can therefore be removed without leaving any residue, even years later.
In total, it took more than three years for the first 911S Targa to be delivered in Germany to be restored to original and pristine condition – including the obligatory patina.
The next project of the Targa owner and passionate Porsche collector is already in the Porsche Classic workshop and is waiting to be rebuilt – a very early 928.
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About the Porsche 911 Targa
In 1965 the Porsche presented the 911 Targa at the IAA as the world’s first “safety convertible” with a 20-centimetre wide roll bar, removable roof and rear mini fabric hood with plastic and flexible rear view pane. In doing so, the company responded to a discussion in the US that branded convertibles as “dangerous” in a typically pragmatic way. A short time later a panoramic rear window with heated glass followed. The name of the open variant – “Targa” – was derived from the Targa Florio long-distance race in Sicily, which had previously been won four times. The surcharge compared to the Coupé was DM 1,400.
The fully restored 911S Targa catalogue data:
|Porsche 911S Targa|
|Length Width Height||mm||4.163/1.610/1.320|
|Car weight (DIN)||kg||1.030|
|Motor||Number of cylinders
|Transmission/drive||Manual transmission||5 speed / rear-wheel drive|
|at||1 / min||6.600|
|at||1 / min||5.200|
|Mixture preparation||2 triple downdraft carburettors Weber 40 IDS 3C / 3C1|
|Fuel consumption||l / 100 km||10.2l (DIN)|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h||s||7,6|
|Top speed||km / h||225|
|Base price (1967)||DM||25.880|