1968 Porsche 911
Year of manufacture1968
1968 Porsche 911 2.0-Litre Targa Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 11860047
A 'modern classic' if ever there was one, Porsche's long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter's rear-engined layout was retained but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body/chassis and dropped the 356's VW-based suspension in favour of a more modern McPherson strut and trailing arm arrangement. In its first incarnation, Porsche's single-overhead-camshaft, air-cooled flat six displaced 1,991cc and produced 130bhp; progressively enlarged and developed, it would eventually grow to more than 3 litres and, in turbo-charged form, put out well over 300 horsepower.
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 - 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 fixed rear window replaced the 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 much loved and instantly recognisable original Targa finally bowed out at the end of the 1990s when the Cabriolet became the sole open-topped 911 with the introduction of the Type 996 range for 1999.
The current vendor purchased this early 'soft window' left-hand drive 911 Targa in 2005 from a Porsche dealer in California. The car was registered in Spain in 2006, since when it has only attended a handful of Porsche Club meetings in Barcelona and been exhibited at two shows. No more than 2,000 kilometres have been covered in the last 15 or so years. Maintained within his private collection during the vendor's ownership, the car is described by him as in good condition throughout with very good paintwork, having been re-sprayed 12 years ago. Unmodified and original, even down to the 14" Fuchs wheels, this collectible early 911 Targa comes complete with its original owner's manual, service book, tools, and jack.