One very special 911 Targa lives again

More than 70-percent of all Porsches ever built are still on the road and while that’s an impressive fact in it of itself, some are still gathering rust in an old barn somewhere as we speak.

This was the case of the very first Germany-delivered Porsche 911 S Targa, which somehow found its way to the U.S. in the late 1960s. There, the Neunelfer spent about 40 years abandoned in a garage before being born again through a full restoration carried out by Porsche Classic.

This 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa Has Been Restored To Perfection
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Soft-window versions of the 911 Targa S are quite rare. In fact, Porsche built just 925 units with the 2.0-liter S engine between 1966 and 1968. The first of the bunch was delivered to Porsche dealer Hülpert in Dortmund on January 24, 1967.

The dealer used the 911 Targa as demo car before selling it to a customer in the United States, where it spent almost four decades in a closed garage in Long Beach, New York, until 2016.

This 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa Has Been Restored To Perfection
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Despite being in a "wretched state", the 911 Targa was complete and retained all of its original features, including the leather seats, halogen fog lamps, and Blaupunkt Köln radio. This was right about when Porsche’s Classic Factory Restoration arm came into play and worked together with the new owner to restore the vehicle, which required a process that spanned over three years.

1,000 hours of work were spent on body work alone. Only then the Targa was hand-painted in the original Polo Red it wore when it left the factory. On top of the paint layer now sits a special protective coating with a slight matting effect because, guess what, the owner has every intention of driving the Targa. I mean, what better way to celebrate such an iconic sports car than use it for what it was designed in the first place?

This 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa Has Been Restored To Perfection
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The 1967 Porsche 911 Targa S used a 2.0-liter boxer-six with 160 horsepower and 179 Newton-meters (132 pound-feet) on tap. The Targa tipped the scales at just over 1,000 kilos (2,204 pounds) and could go from naught to 100 kph (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds on to a top speed of 225 kph (140 mph).

1967 Porsche 911 Targa S specifications
Engine 2.0-liter boxer-six
Horsepower 160 HP
Torque 132 LB-FT
Weight 1,000 kilos (2,204 pounds)
0 to 62 mph 7.6 seconds
Top Speed 140 mph
This 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa Has Been Restored To Perfection
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Power went to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. Back in 1967, the base price for the 911 Targa S was 25,880 German marks.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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