<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171

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Lot 28
1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa

Sold for US$ 288,250 inc. premium
1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa
Chassis no. 500714
Engine no. 962171
1,991cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Weber Triple-choke Carburetors
160bhp at 6,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Desirable and rare, Soft Window Targa in top-of-the-line S specification
*Matching numbers example, restored in the original exterior color of Bahama Yellow
*Among the rarest 911 models ever produced, and a true collector's icon
*Offered with Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity and owner's manual


THE PORSCHE 911

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 uprated. With a broadly similar layout to the 356, the 911 had a steel platform chassis with springing by torsion bars, 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 round. 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 regulation demanded that changes be made to the original design, the most significant being the adoption of dual-circuit brakes. However, it took time 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 de-toxed 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", 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.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As with so many collectible cars, the appeal, interest and value are related to a car's rarity, and sometimes over time fashions change. For the Porsche marque, it has long been the case that the rarer variants of models have held considerable intrigue. This has certainly been the case for the soft Window Targa cars and indeed also the top-of-the-line 1967 'S' model as offered here. These cars have the benefit of a virtually open car, higher performance and more luxurious appointments – what could be better?

According to the Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity on file, this stunning 911 was completed at the Zuffenhausen-based Porsche factory on July 17th, 1967, as a 1967 model-year 911S 'Soft Window' Targa. The car is believed to be one of just 483 examples made and was produced just 3 chassis numbers from end of production according to various Porsche literature. The car was finished very much as it appears today, with the exterior finished in charming and era-specific Bahama Yellow (code 6605), while the interior was trimmed in luxurious black leather. The long list of optional equipment fitted to the Soft Window Targa included a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio tuned for the US, loudspeaker and antenna, a Webasto heater, tinted windshield, exterior mirror on the left side and Dunlop tires. The car was most likely destined for the Porsche-hungry US market from new.

This 1967 Porsche 911S 2.0 Soft Window Targa has received a restoration performed by Vintage Motor Sports of Alpharetta, Gorgia. The comprehensive work performed included stripping and repainting the bodywork in the factory original Bahama Yellow color, while the interior was fitted with the optional and much improved sports seats, trimmed in black with Pepita inserts over matching black and white Coco mats. A new soft window Targa top was fitted and the classic aluminum Fuchs wheels fitted restored. Attention was given to the car's mechanical systems as well.

Today this rare 1967 911S Soft Window Targa presents very much as it did when it left the Porsche factory more than half a century ago, and with less than 500 produced, it represents a rare opportunity indeed. Offered with the Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity and owner's manual - and importantly retaining its matching numbers engine - this first-year 911S Soft Window Targa deserves serious consideration.


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<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
<b>1967  Porsche  911S 2.0 'Soft Window' Targa</b><br />   Chassis no. 500714<br /> Engine no. 962171
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