The First Porsche 911 Targa Sold in Germany Is Back on the Road | Restored by Porsche Classic

Sure, it’s pretty unique to come across a Porsche 911S Targa barn find, but this isn’t just any early Targa: It’s actually the very first example sold in Germany. Specifically, this 911 was delivered to a Porsche dealership in Dortmund, Germany, on January 24, 1967.

After a few years of service as a display model, the car made its way into the States in 1969, where it would eventually be parked in a Long Beach, New York, garage from 1977 to 2016—a full 39 years of just sitting. As if that wasn’t enough to make it a rare item, this 911 is also said to be one of only 925 examples configured with the S engine and soft rear window.

But what exactly is a soft window Targa? Well, when the Targa was introduced in 1967, it came equipped with a removable plastic rear window. 911s equipped this way are known as “soft window” Targas. Later in 1968, however, a fixed piece of glass was also made available to buyers. Those later examples are known as “hard window” Targas.

As for the S engine, it made roughly 160 horsepower over the standard 911’s 130 horsepower, a welcomed bump in power for a car that only weighs around 2270 pounds.

The car’s owner turned it over to Porsche Classic Factory Restoration, who returned the Targa to factory condition. In total, the restoration reportedly took three years and more than 1000 hours to take it from barn find to like-new. As part of that process, the Targa was repainted in its original shade of Polo Red.

The most promising news? The car’s owner requested a full paint protection film, as he plans to drive the 911—fitting after all those years of sitting.

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patmcurd None
12/27/20 4:42 p.m.

What a find! So glad it has been andd is restored. Stationed with the Marine Corps kn 1967 I saw one of these Targa's in Laguna Beach Porsche in their showroom and being unable to afford it as a SSGT I just dreamed.  So Happy for the owner.

Semper Fidelis,

Pat m. Curd




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