In 1962, the sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen began to think about the future of the open Porsche. After a long development period and various ideas, the decision was made to use the version with a fixed roll bar and removable roof. In September 1965, Porsche then presented the first “Targa” at the IAA in Frankfurt. The name "Targa" was chosen perfectly. On the one hand, it means a sign in Italian - which fits perfectly with the safety aspect of the new Targa bracket and the roof. On the other hand, the name also reminded of Porsche's success in the Targa Florio races. Today the term stands for an entire vehicle class, as several other manufacturers have adopted the design principle and have also launched vehicles with Targa roofs.
Porsche started its own number range for the new Targa model, which begins with 500001 - exactly this car.
With Jochen Bader, we brought in an absolute specialist for the early Porsche 911 models to test the car. For many years he was head of the Porsche Classic workshop and as such responsible for the factory restoration at Porsche. He is one of the most experienced specialists in the valuation of Porsche automobiles and is working on behalf of numerous collectors worldwide to examine the originality and condition of special classics from the Porsche brand.
Together we found many special details on the vehicle that differ from the later series production and show the prototype status.
On the one hand, there are numerous small details on the vehicle that are otherwise only found on 911 coupes until mid-1965 and are therefore very special in combination with the Targa body. For example, the wooden paneling on the dashboard, the simple knee bar and the non-adjustable strut domes. Since series production only began in 1967, these early details can no longer be found on the Targas from later series production.
Due to the many 1965 details, Jochen Bader and we are sure that this car we offered was built in mid-1965. The precise date of construction is not known, since at that time Porsche only documented the date of delivery and not the date of completion.
There is also a report that the following chassis number 500 002 by developer Helmut Bott was used for test drives in September 1965, which also shows that our car was built before.
In addition to the 1965 details, this car also differs in some details specific to the Targa from the later series cars, such as:
- The Targa bracket has no ventilation openings
- The "soft window" is constructed differently and has a wooden bow
- The Targa roof is not foldable
According to the Porsche delivery confirmation, the car was used in an experiment at Porsche and was only sold on July 13, 1967. Interestingly, the buyer was the Volkswagen company in Wolfsburg. Maintenance by the Porsche dealer Müller is also noted on the Kardex in 1969. This should be the dealer Petermax Müller in Hanover, which is an hour's drive away. The rest of the history is very well documented by the old motor vehicle letter and a list by the Federal Motor Transport Authority.
The car always stayed in the same region in northern Germany. After the car was deregistered in 1979, the penultimate owner put it away. 22 years later he sold the car in 2001 as a restoration project to the current owner. This documented the condition of the purchase and collection with numerous photos. He had the car restored immediately after purchase by a renowned German restoration company specializing in Porsche. The restoration lasted from February 2001 to May 2003 and is very well documented with pictures and invoices.
This car is a very important piece of Porsche history and we are happy to be able to offer you this rare example.
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