Lot 2117

The White Collection

1967 Porsche 911 S 'Soft-Window' Targa

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$291,000 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Houston, Texas

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Chassis No.
500555S
Engine No.
961996
Gearbox No.
104974
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US Title
  • Fully restored example of the ultra-desirable “soft-window” 911 S Targa
  • Equipped with its numbers-matching engine and gearbox
  • Presented in its factory-correct finishes of Elfenbein (Ivory) over Kunstleder Schwartz interior
  • Accompanied by copies of its Kardex build record and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, as well as restoration documentation and an assortment of factory tools and owner’s manuals
  • Factory European specification; sold new through Rittersbacher of Kaiserslautern, Germany to an American Army officer

Among the most coveted of all early Porche 911s, this 1967 911 S “Soft-Window” Targa was completed on 2 June 1967 and sold new through the still-incorporated dealership of Rittersbacher in Kaiserslautern, Germany. As confirmed by a copy of its Kardex build record on file, the car was optioned with a Webasto heater, electric antenna, tinted windshield and side glass, leather headrests, rear bumper horns, halogen lights, Dunlop tires, and an unusual spare parts kit. Finished from the factory just as it presents today in Elfenbein (Ivory) over a Kunstleder Schwartz (black leatherette) interior, the car was collected by its first owner, American Army officer Jeffrey C. Hohn of San Antonio, Texas mere days later on 12 June 1967.

Previous correspondence with Hohn attests the car was also factory-equipped with driving lights and front and rear fog lamps. After enjoying his Targa for six years, Hohn returned it to Porsche in 1973 for a factory repaint and removal of the soft rear window in favor of a full glass unit, as would have been typical on new Targas of the period.

When acquired by the White Collection in 2012, the car was in a complete, yet unrestored state, still wearing its 1973 factory modifications yet importantly retaining its numbers matching 2.0-liter engine and five-speed gearbox. The consignor then embarked on a full restoration to factory specifications. A painstaking search was conducted for period-correct—and in some cases, even new-old-stock—parts for the restoration, including headlights, fog lights, windshield wipers, Fuchs wheels, and unique button-down vinyl wrap for stowing the Targa top, among various other soft-window Targa-specific items. Hundreds of pages of invoices and correspondence document the tens of thousands of dollars spent just on sourcing correct parts.

Started and run to operating temperature on a monthly basis while in the White Collection, this “soft-window” 911 S Targa—representing a rare and fascinating developmental step in the creation of the storied Targa model—is sure to impress even the most discerning Porsche aficionado.