Single family ownership from new
1967 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa
Chassis no. 500695
Engine no. 911989
Porsche added an open-topped variant to the 911 model range for 1967 featuring a stainless steel-clad roll bar, removable roof panel and a detachable plastic rear window (a fixed glass window wasn't made available until the following year). Commemorating Porsche's successive wins at the famous Sicilian road race, the new model was termed "Targa", a term coined by other manufacturers since to describe this body configuration. The new 911 Targa was as close as Porsche came to 'wind in the hair' 911 motoring until the introduction of a full Cabriolet in the early 1980s and just 718 were built in the first year of production. All 1967 year 911s received Weber 40 IDA carburetors to cure a flat spot inherent in the original Solex items.
A little over 45 years ago, the owner's father made what was a relatively uncharacteristic purchase in buying this vintage Porsche Targa. A Doctor who lived on a farm, and who successfully raised English thoroughbreds for more than 4 decades, he was not mechanically minded, nor particularly interested in automobiles, and this car followed a succession of American made cars, mostly station wagons. But, he like the hundreds of thousands of others that have followed in his footsteps over the course of the 50 years of the 911's production was simply not immune to the model's inimitable charms. That he did, proved to be to the greater benefit of his son, a keen automobile enthusiast who inherited the car in the late 1970s and has enjoyed the car ever since.
Shortly before taking delivery of it, the son elected to have the car repainted to a dark green hue and it was in that guise that he would use it on and off through to the mid-2000s. When he moved to Florida, the car came with him, and it has resided in this state since. By the mid-2000s the Porsche was in need of attention, and he elected to restore the car thoroughly. He was fortunate to be closely situated to the late Mike Amalfitano's esteemed Amalfi Racing shop in Jupiter and this company, with Porsche trained Klaus Fischer in charge was responsible for a thorough mechanical rebuild. In 2008 allying to the market traits of preferring originality he chose to return it to its original scheme which his father received it, being Polo Red. A bare metal repaint ensued with the work carried out by Mark's Body and Paint, also in Jupiter.
This considerable investment approaches six figures and the combined result of the work is best described as a sympathetic and thorough job, which has put the car in fine driving order, and good aesthetic condition, while retaining a warm and original feeling by maintaining its original interior trim, only its front seats have been refurbished to the correct patterns.
So often with sports cars and particularly the Porsche brand, the challenge is to find an honest car with a good uncomplicated history. This car is comprehensively endorsed with an extensive file compiled by its methodical and fastidious owner, including its original service and a period handbook in a red Porsche logo embossed cover, photos of the car when in use back in the day, together with copies of the invoices for all of the work completed in the last decade, thereby satisfying even the harshest scrutiny. It is also worth noting that the car retains its original Blaupunkt radio, tool kit, Targa top, tonneau cover and Certificate of Authenticity.
A well documented and great example of this rare model, this car awaits its first formal change of ownership.