THE 911 TARGA
In 1967 the 911T (Touring) was introduced as a new base model, initially with the 2.0-litre engine in 110bhp form before gaining the 2.2-litre unit along with the rest of the range in 1969, by which time the 911's wheelbase had been extended by 57mm to tame the sometimes wayward handling. Such was the 911's success that within a few years Porsche was selling cars faster than it could build them, a state of affairs that led to a substantial proportion being manufactured by coachbuilder Karmann at its Osnabrück factory.
Two years after the original coupé's introduction, a convertible 911 - the 'Targa', named in honour of Porsche's numerous victories in the Sicilian classic Targa Florio - arrived in 1966. Expected US safety legislation had prompted an ingenious approach to the soft-top 911, the Targa sporting a hefty roll-over bar to protect the occupants in the event of an inversion, together with removable roof and rear hood sections, which were stowed in the boot when not in use. For 1969 a quieter and less leak-prone fixed rear window replaced the less than perfect rear hood, and the ever-popular Targa would continue in this form well into the 1990s, sharing countless mechanical and styling developments with its closed cousin along the way.
THIS 911 TARGA
The original Fahrzeug Auftrag (vehicle order form) confirms this 2.2-litre 911T Targa was originally finished in a beautiful paint-to-sample color called Burnished Gold with a beige Pepita & leatherette interior. This is how the car is presented today. The Porsche Certificate has been requested as further confirmation.
The 2.2 T Targa was finished by beginning of October 1970 and was shipped to the USA where we can only imagine what fun he had driving this beautiful sports car; a car that stood out from the others thanks to the Sonderweunsche program!
The Porsche remained in that region until a client bought the car and had it shipped to Belgium circa 2015/2016 after which restoration was begun; of course with lots of restoration photographs on file. In 2021, we took over the customer's project and we are finishing the full restoration. The complete proces from buying till finishing restoring the car is estimated at +150.000€!
Before the start of the restoration it was immediately clear this is a great car. Not only does it have a unique color scheme but it was almost completely free of rust and had no traces of any accident whatsoever!
We all know Porsche's current Paint-To-Sample program being so successful; but in 1970 this Sonderweunsch departement was another level; making this really one of a kind! The 2.2-litre carburetted engine is an absolute pleasure to drive as well. The Targa will be ready for its next custodian; someone who'll be able to enjoy a brand new and truly unique 911 Targa! The car comes with all necessary papers to matriculate the car.