Porsche 911 Targa

While Porsche relentlessly developed its 356 following its 1948 introduction, plans for a new model began as early as 1956. Originally envisioned as a somewhat larger four-seat companion model for the 356, design parameters reverted to a two-seat layout. While the new model bore a very strong resemblance to the 356, it was somewhat roomier and more luxurious, with a powerful new six-cylinder engine. Introduced to the public at Frankfurt in 1963 as the 901, the new car created a stir of excitement and heated debate among Porsche enthusiasts worldwide.

Porsche soon changed the model designation of the new car to “911” after Peugeot raised objections. Series production of the 911 began in late 1964 alongside the venerable 356 and quickly the new car silenced the harshest of Porsche’s critics with its more powerful engine, five-speed gearbox and refined suspension, which included MacPherson struts and torsion bars. Racers immediately gravitated to the 911, as it proved itself a formidable competitor on asphalt, dirt and ice racing surfaces alike.

With the final 356 cabriolets for 1965 reserved for the American market, Porsche created the 911 Targa, whose name honored Porsche’s great success in the grueling Targa Florio endurance race. As a structural extension of the car’s B-pillar, the Targa’s reinforced integral rollbar provided the rigidity and rollover protection that a full cabriolet version would have lacked. The initial series, or A-series 911 Targa, which was produced through 1967, also incorporated a soft, removable rear window, with the resulting cars termed “soft window” Targas today.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

130 bhp, 1,991 cc air cooled, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, dual carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, single lower transverse A-arms, longitudinal torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms and transverse torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 87.1".

Source: RM Auctions

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