Three-year 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa factory restoration completed
From barn find to collector’s item: the first 911 S Targa delivered in Germany is back on the road after a comprehensive factory restoration taking more than three years. The car’s owner, a long-time collector and Porsche enthusiast, discovered the semi-open drop-top whilst on his travels in the USA. “This 911 sat motionless in a doorless garage for almost forty years,” explains Uwe Makrutzki, Head of Porsche Classic Factory Restoration. “The car was originally delivered to Hülpert, a Porsche dealer in Dortmund, on 24th January 1967. Restoring this air-cooled classic has been a special project, not least because it represents one of the first 911 Targa models finding its way back to Zuffenhausen.”
As a soft-window version, this early Targa features a plastic, collapsible rear screen instead of the domed glass window available from mid-1967. Only 925 units with S engine, short wheelbase and soft window were produced between the end of 1966 and 1968. Even so, this rare sports car was in a wretched state. After serving as a demonstrator for Hülpert, it was sold to a customer in the USA in 1969 and subsequently parked in the aforementioned garage in Long Beach, New York State, from 1977 until the end of 2016. On the positive side, the car remained complete, which is particularly pleasing in view of its many extras, including Webasto heater, tinted glass, Blaupunkt Köln radio, leather seats, halogen fog lamps and outside thermometer. The next project of the car’s owner — an early 928 — is already in the Porsche Classic workshop awaiting restoration.