The Porsche 911S Soft Window Targa was a true example of innovation for the German manufacturer. The “Super,” introduced to the 911 that year, brought with it an impressive 160 bhp over the standard 911’s 130-bhp engine. Accompanied by upgraded suspension, including Koni shock absorbers and ventilated brake discs, the 911S was an overall much better performer. All of this weighed in less than the 911 at a featherweight 2,272 pounds.
Another unprecedented addition was the availability of the soft window Targa top, which benefited from a foldaway back window and a removable roof section. Some of the 1967 models were already optioned with the later standard equipment hard windows, which means less than the 483 911 S Targa manufactured in 1967 actually had the original soft window top. The first year for the soft window Targa, coupled with introduction of the “Super”, makes a 1967 911 S Targa one of the rarest and most desirable Porsche 911s ever produced.
The Porsche 911 S 2.0 Soft Window Targa we are offering here is chassis 500215S and left the works in March 1967 to be sold by official Porsche dealer Hahn GmbH. in Stuttgart.
In addition to being finished in the very attractive blood orange with black leatherette to the interior from new (a colour combination which it still retains today), 500215S was exceptionally well optioned as follow:
– Additional bumper lights
– On-dashboard Thermometer for outside temperature
– Not to forget that Blood Orange was a special order colour for this model as specified in the Kardex for this car
Acquired by the current owner from a US collector in 2013, the car was in sound original condition and was still retaining its attractive and rare factory options at the time of purchase. It was eventually decided to have 500215S stripped down to bare metal and fully restored to the highest level possible by renowned marque experts. With the work completed in early 2019, the result is astonishing in every way.
This highly desirable example is not only one of the rarest and most desirable Porsche 911Ss, it is also ready to participate in most classic car events. Very few other 911S Soft Window Targa can boast such an exquisite restoration and such an attractive original specification.
Photos: Stephan Bauer for Auxietre & Schmidt