1968 Porsche 911
Year of manufacture1968
1968 Porsche 911S 2.0-Litre Targa Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 119310317
The first of countless up-grades to Porsche's perennial 911 came in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoked alloy wheels, the 'S' featured a heavily revised engine producing 160bhp. Introduced on the 1969 range, the extension of the wheelbase by 57mm represented the first major revision of the original 911 design. Production of these 'B Programme' cars, as they are known, began in August 1968, their introduction coinciding with the adoption of Bosch mechanical fuel injection on the 'Normal' and 'S' models. The latter now had 170bhp on tap, which was good enough for a top seed of 220km/h.
Two years after the coupé's introduction in 1964, a convertible 911 - the 'Targa', named in honour of Porsche's numerous victories in the Sicilian Targa Florio had become available. 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.
The car offered here is one of only 614 Porsche 911S Targas completed for the 1969 model year, the chassis number sequence being '119310001'-'119310614'. The year 1969 is one of the most significant in the development of the early 911, as it ushered in a lengthened chassis and Bosch mechanical fuel injection (on the 911S) as part of the 'B-programme'. A fully matching numbers example, this Porsche has spent all its life in the Mediterranean area and has had only three owners from new, all in Spain. Restored in 2005, it has been expertly maintained by a Porsche specialist in Barcelona and is described by the private vendor as in very good condition throughout, benefiting from a rebuilt engine. Seats upholstered in 'Pepita' fabric are the only notified deviation from factory specification. Registered in Spain, the car is offered with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity; restoration invoices; valid technical control; and a Club Porsche Spain dating certificate. A rare opportunity to acquire this rare and most sought after 911S Targa model.