THE 911 TARGA
The iconic Porsche 911 Targa combines exceptional design and superb road manners in a wonderfully engaging open sports car. The 911, originally revealed in the fall of 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was the much-heralded replacement for the highly successful 356. The 911 arrived with more power, more comfort, and a favorable price when compared against comparable cars of the period. Performance and sales were brisk, but as Porsche often did, immediate performance enhancements were put in place. In 1968 the wheelbase was increased 2.25” to improve handling, (cleverly relocating the independently sprung rear wheel mounts without changing costly body tooling), lightening the crankcase with magnesium castings, and delicately flaring the wheel arches to allow room for wider wheels and tires.
Agile and capable, the only feature lacking in the early 911 lineup was a convertible model for the American market. Efforts were made to build a convertible 911 but roll-over protection was deemed a critical safety requirement by the Porsche team who worried that the US would exclude fully open cars for road use. Thus, entered the “Targa” design. Allowing open-air motoring while retaining body rigidity and safety, the 911 Targa became a hit with US buyers, arriving in 1967, first with a removable soft back window and later with wrap-around rear glass.
In 1969 Porsche introduced the performance packed 911S, which included titanium alloy connecting rods, a re-profiled camshaft, larger valves, better porting, higher compression and Bosch mechanical fuel injection. All this resulted in 30 more horsepower for an impressive 180 horsepower. Chassis upgrades included a rear anti-roll bar, Koni shocks and ventilated disc brakes, which replaced the standard solid rotors. For the S model, special gear ratios were installed in the five-speed transmission including an overdrive in 5th gear. Certainly all 911 series cars were quite powerful and formidable on the road, but when first released, the 911S was the preferred choice of performance enthusiasts and continues to be so today.
THIS 911 TARGA
Chassis number 11931053* left the Zuffenhausen assembly line on 20 July 1969. According to a copy of its Kardex on file, it was finished in Silver Metallic (6851), with Black leatherette seats and trim. The customer also specified:
Furthermore we can see a lovely Blaupunkt radio with option rear parcel shelf speakers.
The car was delivered to Volkswagen Pacific Inc in Culver City California, and it would remain registered in California over its lifetime. The owner Mr Duane George Hyatt sold the car via Road Scholars and the exported the 911 to the next European owner.
The car was imported to Europe and came to Belgium in 2009 and received its Belgian homologation on the 27th octobre 2009. When the car was imported it also received European headlights and indicators.
The car stayed with the same owner and received regular service. August 2011 the car was in for a brake caliper rebuild as well as new sealing rubbers for the Targa roof. In 2013 a full restoration of the famous MFI fuel pump was performed. In 2018 the car received new tyres; a wheel alignement; the fuel reservoir was cleaned.
The current owner bought the car in February 2017 from the person who had the car imported. The starts at the turn of the key and the engine is revy and feels exactly powerful as it should; gear changes are fast and smooth.
Ready for its next owner to enjoy, this wonderfully original Porsche 911 S Targa, equipped with numbers-matching engine and gearbox, presents incredibly well. The car is a true joy to drive and has a great patina all round. It is a great opportunity to acquire a rare 2.0S Targa.
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