The Porsche 911 S Targa Soft Window 2.0 SWB is one of the most iconic sports cars from the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer, with a history that began in the late ’50s when the automotive company was looking to replace its first production car, the 356. In 1963, the 911 made its debut with an innovative design, maintaining the rear engine but with a longer, wider monocoque and a modern design characterized by a silhouette that remains iconic and unmistakable to this day.
Over the years, Porsche has produced several generations, each bringing technological and stylistic improvements. However, the early short-wheelbase models remain timeless icons.
The Targa was the first ‘open’ version of the model, named in homage to the legendary Sicilian race, the Targa Florio. Presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1965, the Targa entered production only starting from January 1967 exclusively in the ‘soft-window’ version, featuring a lowerable plastic rear window anchored to the brushed steel roll bar. The soft-window versions are quite rare today, as they were often replaced by glass rear windows at that time. By the end of the first year of production, a total of 718 units were produced.
The 911S trim (or “Super”) was the second significant addition introduced in 1967. Available alongside the standard version, the Porsche 911S was equipped with the same 1911cc flat-six engine but enhanced to produce 160hp at 7200 rpm. The engine underwent significant revisions, including an increase in valve diameter and timing, and the adoption of Weber 40 IDS 3C carburetors with 32mm venturis. The Porsche 911S was available in both Coupé and Targa versions. According to some sources, in 1967, 1823 ‘S’ models were assembled out of a total of 6445, with only 236 in the Targa version.
The interiors of the 911S were essentially similar and featured an anti-glare dashboard with a horizontal central insert in geometric-patterned skai faux leather instead of aluminum. The instrument cluster remained with 5 elements. The steering wheel was leather-wrapped, while the floor was ‘Velour.’ The 911S trim included a 5-speed manual transmission, radial tires, ventilated disc brakes, and revised suspension with anti-roll bars on both axles and Koni shock absorbers. Standard features included fog lights, Fuchs wheels, and rubber inserts on the front and rear rostes.
The third and final significant addition introduced in 1967 was the anticipated introduction of the beloved Fuchs alloy wheels, sized 4.5J and 15 inches in diameter.
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