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The Quail Auction / 1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa Chassis no. 500065 Engine no. 961195

Lot 14
1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

US$360,000 - US$390,000

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1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa
Chassis no. 500065
Engine no. 961195

1,991cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Weber IDS carburetors
160bhp at 6,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

* Very early 911S Soft Window Targa with vin #065
* Fully documented restoration by a marque specialist 

* Matching numbers engine and transmission per COA and Kardex
* Voted best show in 2011 at Coral Techno Classica in Essen, Germany


Introduced at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 911 proved to be the most historically significant Porsche model of all, becoming the mainstay of Zuffenhausen production for more than 50 years, albeit constantly modified and updated. With a broadly similar layout to the 356, the 911 had a steel platform chassis with springing, by torsion bar suspension, MacPherson front struts and rear trailing arms, and a flat-6 air-cooled engine and five-speed transmission first seen on the 904. Like the final 356C, the new 911 utilized disc brakes all around. Larger, more comfortable, and quicker in every respect, the 911 proved a more than adequate replacement for the 356 and steadily evolved into the legendary supercar we know and love today. 

The first of countless upgrades to Porsche's perennial 911 came in 1966, with the introduction of the 911S, which featured a better-equipped interior and a heavily revised engine, producing 160bhp. By this time, around half of all 911S produced were being exported to the USA, where increasingly stringent regulations demanded that changes be made to the original design, the most significant being the adoption of dual-circuit brakes. It took time, however for Porsche's engineers to get the newly introduced 'S' engine to meet emissions targets, so as an interim measure the 911L was introduced, featuring the 911S's superior equipment level, but retaining the original 130bhp engine, pending the arrival of the "detoxed" US-specification 911S for 1969. The 911L was dropped at the same time, its place as Porsche's middle-of-the-range offering being taken by the 911E.

Around the same time, 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 as an option). Commemorating Porsche's successive wins at the famous Sicilian Road race, the new model was termed "Targa", 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. 


Built in the very early part of January 1967, this stunning Porsche 911S 'Soft Window' Targa is #65 ever produced as a Targa, including very rare and desirable options per Kardex and COA, such as 4.5 inch Fuchs rims, Webasto heater, antenna, loudspeaker, ski rack, and Dunlop tires (165/15).

The car retains its numbers matching engine and transmission, finished in Polo Red with Black leatherette interior, first delivered in Germany to Rottach-Egern.

In 2010 the car was purchased by David Merz from Santa Rosa, California and was in very well preserved and very original condition.
In 2011 a full nut and bolt restoration was performed by the well-known restoration shop, Carparc USA in Costa Mesa, California in excess of a total amount of $250k, documented and supported with more than 100 pictures.

After the restoration, the car was shipped to the Netherlands, where it was enjoyed for over 12 years and was driven about 6,000 miles since the restoration was performed.

The car has attended several local car-shows and rallies, winning Best of Show at the 2011 Technico Classica in Essen, Germany.

The 'Soft Window' Targa finally came back into the US in 2022, imported by its current owner, and has gone through a light refurbishment, such as replacement of worn items, paint correction, extensive detailing, and engine service.

It is featured with tool kit, jack, COA, Kardex, and a complete restoration file.

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