The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 214
1968 Porsche 911 'Soft-Window' Targa
$95,200 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Rare early ‘soft-window’ Targa 911
- Desirable Ossi Blue over black combination
- Accompanied by a copy of its factory Kardex
At its debut in 1963, the Porsche 911 was offered in only a coupe configuration. This changed in 1967 with the introduction of the Targa. It featured a removable top panel, brushed stainless steel roll-over hoop, and a foldable plastic rear window. The setup offered owners the weather protection of a coupe, or a convertible-like driving experience with the top removed and rear window folded down, all with the added safety and stability of a rollbar. The Targa became a popular alternative to the convertible. Porsche later introduced a fixed glass window Targa in 1969, with the ‘soft-window’ remaining available via special order through 1971.
This 1968 soft-window example was completed on 12 June 1968. The car left the factory finished in attractive Ossiblau (Ossi Blue) with a black removable top panel and black leatherette interior, set off with a brushed stainless-steel roll-over hoop and gold-plated trim. Optional equipment on the car included front and rear bumper horns, an electric fan, and Dunlop 165-15 tires. Upon completion, the car was shipped to North America, where it was delivered to PoAC in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Today, the car is presented much like it did when it left the factory. It has been repainted in its original Ossi Blue and features a new zip-out rear window. The optional front and rear bumper horns remain on the vehicle. Other exterior features include yellow fog light lenses and a driver’s sideview mirror. The 911 rides on Vredestein Sprint Classic tires that are mounted on attractive Fuchs wheels; they are brought to a stop via four-wheel disc brakes. The car is powered by an air-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine which is paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
The interior is completed in black leatherette. The dash features VDO instrumentation with the tachometer prominently displayed in the center of the five-gauge cluster. When the symphony coming from the 911’s flat-six is not enough, a period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio can provide an alternative soundtrack. Fold-down rear seats allow the 911 to provide passenger seating for four, or additional luggage room on an extended journey. The car is accompanied by a copy of its factory Kardex.
Offered in the rare ‘soft-window’ Targa body style and presented in the desirable shade of Ossi Blue, this excellent example of a Porsche 911 is sure to make a great addition to any collection.
It is the ideal car to carve the back roads as well as display at local Porsche meets around the country.