As a soft-window version, this early Targa has a soft rear window instead of the glass window that was
available from 1967. Only 925 units with S engine, short wheelbase and soft window were produced by
Porsche between the end of 1966 and 1968. The rare sports car was in a wretched state. After serving as a
demonstration car for the Porsche dealer, it was sold to a customer in the USA in 1969. The open-top 911
was then parked in the above-mentioned garage in Long Beach (New York State) from 1977 to the end of
2016. On the positive side, it was complete – which was particularly pleasing in view of its many optional
extras such as Webasto auxiliary heater, tinted windscreen, Blaupunkt Köln radio, leather seats, halogen fog
lamps and outside thermometer.
The philosophy of the Porsche Classic Factory Restoration department is to restore the vehicles so that they
as true to the original as possible. The search for authentic small parts such as cable clamps, rubber
grommets and sealing plugs for the 2.0-litre S engine proved to be difficult. “Replica parts from third-party
suppliers are out of the question for us. Luckily we can reach into our ‘treasure chest’ in such cases,” says
Makrutzki. Porsche Classic does not just have access to the central warehouse with currently more than
60,000 different genuine spare parts: the in-house specialists also have at their disposal the original
straightening sets, frame gauges, data sheets and technical drawings.
The second great challenge was the outer skin of the Targa roof. “Today’s material has a different grain and is
more robust than the original. But our customer did not like it. For this reason, we had a visually identical
cover produced especially for this project. In spite of their decades of experience, our experts still had to work
gradually towards achieving the right finish, that is to say its bonding and stitching,” explains Makrutzki. This
has the advantage that a suitable, contemporary Targa roof cover is now already in stock for the next 911
Targa soft-window model.
The client also had a special wish for the coating used for the chassis parts, engine panels and air cleaner
system: instead of the especially robust powder coating normally used today, he decided in favour of true
originality and therefore chose application of a two-component paint in black – corresponding to the delivery
condition in 1967.
After around 1,000 hours of work on the body, the 911 Targa was painted by hand in the same colour that it
had before its delivery over 50 years ago – in Polo Red. Because the owner does not just want to collect the
sports car but also drive it, he decided on application of a painted-on paint protection film with a slight matting
effect. This technology does without adhesive and can therefore be removed without any residue even after
It took a total of more than three years until the first 911 S Targa delivered in Germany was finally restored to
a like-new condition with the manufacturer’s know-how – including the charming patina. The next project of
the Targa owner and passionate Porsche collector is already standing in the Porsche Classic workshop and
waiting for its restoration – a very early 928.
About the Porsche 911 Targa
At the IAA in 1965, Porsche presented the 911 Targa as the first “safety cabriolet” in the world, featuring a
roll-over bar with a width of a good 20 centimetres, a removable roof and rear mini soft top with plastic window.
In this way, Porsche responded in a typically pragmatic way to a discussion in the USA that branded
cabriolets as dangerous. This was followed shortly afterwards by a panorama rear window with heatable
glass. The name of the open-top variant – “Targa” – was derived from the Targa Florio endurance race on
Sicily that Porsche had already won four times. The additional cost compared with the Coupé was DM 1,400.
About factory restoration
Manufactured by Porsche, restored by Porsche: Porsche Classic awards this unique seal of quality up to
eight times a year. It does so when a classic sports car that has been factory-restored from scratch leaves
the workshop. In addition, around 70 other vehicles pass through the hands of the craftsmen every year for
partial restoration of components such as the engine or gearbox. Around 30 specialists maintain, repair and
restore customer vehicles here, from the 356 through to the Carrera GT. All the craft trades of a factory are
represented here on an area of 1,500 square metres: body construction including paint shop, engine and
gearbox assembly and a saddlery.
A cost estimate takes place at the start of every complete restoration. On the basis of photos, the specialists
calculate the rough scope of the restoration work and the probable cost. If this is in line with the customer’s
expectations, the sports car is inspected in the Porsche Classic workshop and a detailed cost analysis
The experts dismantle the vehicle for a full restoration. The engine and gearbox are completely disassembled,
cleaned and inspected. Worn or defective parts are replaced or, if possible, also repaired and restored if this
is wished by the customer. After setup according to the original factory specifications, the drive system must
initially prove its performance capability during testing on the test rig.
The experts proceed in a similar way with the bodyshell. After general removal of any corrosion, all the body
cavities are opened – this is necessary preparation for a successful paint removal bath. After this, the body
builders repair or replace all the metal that has aged. The older the vehicle, the more extensive the adaptation
work that is necessary, even when genuine new parts from the in-house store are used. This is because there
was already plenty of hand craftsmanship in the cars when the early models left the factory. The final trial
assembly of the complete body takes place with untreated components in order to check and adjust gap
dimensions and functions. This ensures that the doors and lids close exactly.
After this preparation, the body passes through the same cathodic dip coating line in the factory paint shop
as the current new vehicles from Zuffenhausen – something that no other car manufacturer in the world offers.
Cathodic dip coating guarantees complete, highly resistant priming right into the last fold. When this
preparation has taken place, the complete paintwork is built up by hand in the original vehicle colour. Test
painting of a panel ensures that the colour mixture is correct.
Application of each paint layer is followed by an extended drying period lasting three weeks. The last step in a
full restoration is work on the interior. After this, the completely refurbished classic car must prove its qualities
during extensive test drives.
The customer receives detailed documentation of all work performed in the Porsche Classic workshop in book
form with comprehensive picture material. This also includes an engraved badge which confirms the original
factory restoration by Porsche Classic and the second date of birth together with the chassis number and