In 1967, Porsche expanded its model line with the introduction of a more powerful “911S” model along with the option of a new Targa body with a removable rear window. This Porsche 911S Targa is one of only 483 examples produced during the inaugural model year and was acquired by the seller from its original owner out of Europe in 1977. It was imported to the United States the following year and subsequently refurbished with new paint, reupholstered Sport Seats, overhauled brakes, and a rebuilt engine by Stoddard Porsche. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and decades’ worth of records, this coveted short-wheelbase 911S Targa is now being offered for auction by its longtime owner out of Ohio.
The more powerful 911S was distinguished from an entry-level 911 by its gold rear model lettering and wider rubbing strips on the chrome body moldings. The Targa includes a fixed stainless-steel roll bar with a removable roof panel and a plastic rear window that provides four different driving configurations. This example was stripped almost entirely to bare metal and refinished in the current shade of Light Yellow (6262) during the early 1980s. The seller notes the front pan was replaced during this time along with the outer rockers, seals, and gaskets. The Targa top was reupholstered by Autos International of California and the car has been fitted with a set of larger wider 15” Fuchs wheels. The original and highly sought-after 4.5”x15” Fuchs alloy wheels are said to be included in the sale as well.
The black leatherette interior came factory-equipped with an optional driver’s Recaro Sport Seat as well as a loudspeaker, an outside temperature gauge, and a rare Webasto gasoline heater. A matching passenger’s sport seat has been installed and both seats were previously reupholstered by Autos International. New carpeting was also installed by Stoddard Porsche. Other features include updated door lock mechanisms (69-73), a vintage AM/FM cassette stereo, and a rear seat delete with integrated storage compartments. The original Blaupunkt radio is said to accompany the sale along with the optional Webasto heater and an extra headrest assembly for the passenger seat.
Power comes from an original air-cooled 2.0-liter flat-six engine that was rebuilt by John Truman of Stoddard Porsche during the early 1980s. The engine has also been upgraded with a stainless-steel muffler, Permatune CD ignition, and Weber carburetors with adjustable accelerator pumps. The rear wheels are driven by way of a replacement Type 902/1 5-speed manual gearbox and the brakes have been rebuilt with upgraded stainless-steel lines, replated calipers, and a dual circuit master cylinder.
This sale will include the original owner’s manuals, a toolkit, a spare tire, original Fuchs wheels, a collection of factory parts, and extensive documentation.
The seller would like you to know: “Thanks for checking out my auction. I've owned this car since 1977 and it's been pampered under my stewardship. I've only put on about 40,000 miles, most of which was while the car was in California for about 13 years. I've owned a number of rare Porsches since 1970 including a 1951 356 Cabriolet up to a 1974 RSR. I kept this one the longest as it's such a pleasure to drive. The multiple top/soft rear window configurations make it an ideal year-round car but here in Ohio it saw limited exposure. I know the car intimately so feel free to ask detailed questions if I haven't covered them in the photos or text.”