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1967 Porsche 911 'Soft-Window' Targa

Sold For $128,800

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 9 MARCH 2018


Chassis No.
Engine No.
Gearbox No.
500695
911989
131552
  • Highly desirable early "soft-window" Targa
  • Photo-documented restoration, completed in 2008
  • Original matching-numbers drivetrain
  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

The loss of an open car in Porsche's lineup was addressed with the September 1965 introduction of a new Targa roof model at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Commemorating Porsche's successive wins at the famous Sicilian road race, the new model was called Targa - a term coined to describe the open roof body style. A production version became available the following year on both the 911 and 912.

Featured was a rather substantial safety rollover hoop finished in a satin-look steel with a lift-off roof in two sections - a rigid plastic panel over the passenger compartment and a zip-out plastic rear window. Initially, Targas rolled off assembly lines at a rate of seven per day (out of a total production of 55), but the number was quickly increased due to their popularity. Despite the larger numbers, just 718 were built during the first year of production.

Beginning with February 1966 production, the factory adopted Weber carburetors in place of the Solex models, addressing a flat spot in acceleration noted with earlier models. With the introduction of an updated model in August 1968, the rear window was changed to glass, adding to the collectability of the original zip-out rear 'soft-window' models, such as this example.

This 911 remained in single-family ownership from new until 2013, having been purchased by a doctor whose son later inherited the car. It comes complete with a period Porsche embossed handbook, its original window sticker, and an extensive file compiled by its fastidious owner - including its original service record. A Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms it is a numbers-matching example restored to its as-delivered color scheme.

Finished in Polo Red, the bare metal repaint was handled by Mark's Body and Paint in Jupiter, Florida. The restoration to original specification was completed by Mike Amalitano's Amalfi Racing, also of Jupiter. Porsche-trained Klaus Fischer was charged with the mechanical rebuild. The restoration, completed in 2008, has been photo-documented and is available for inspection. The car maintains its original interior and Blaupunkt radio, Targa top, and tool kit.

This is a wonderful example of the sought-after "soft-window" Targa.

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