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There is no Substitute; 1968 Porsche soft-window Targa is one rare tub

The Pick of the Day is a restored example of the short-wheelbase 911

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The Pick of the Day is an immaculate – and rare – 1968 Porsche 911 soft-window Targa offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in La Jolla, California.

While not an exact number, it is believed that only 268 soft window Targas came to the US for the 1968 model year. This freshly restored Champagne Yellow 911 also represents the tail end of production for the short wheelbase, as the 1969 B-series car was lengthened by 57mm.The moniker, ‘Targa,’ comes from Porsche’s dominance of the Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Beginning in 1956, Porsche scored an impressive seven victories in 11 years of the insanely dangerous event held on public roads – which included obstacles of people, livestock and hay-wagons. They would take four more wins by 1973 when it was taken off the World Sportscar Championship calendar – as the race was itself incited as “insane.”The popularity of earlier 356 convertibles was the initial inspiration for the Targa. In 1967, Porsche had gotten wind that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States were planning to outlaw fully open convertibles built by OEMs (they did not until 1976). For that reason, there was never a 911 Speedster, but instead a model with stainless steel-clad roll bar and a removable top and optional fixed-glass or soft-window.“A low-owner California car which was fully restored by an expert painter/Porsche restorer,” is how the dealer describes this 911 Targa. “Beautiful metal work, original belly pans, great panel fit. Beautiful paint finish, excellent bright work. Matching-numbers engine, transmission, colors. Restoration completed at the end of 2019.”One must appreciate the beauty of the Fuchs Alloy wheels and the stainless-steel interior trim. The tone of the 2.0L air-cooled flat-six is pure music.Having seen these soft window Targas go for much more at auction, the price of just $139,000 is a paltry price for you to enjoy this virtually new Teutonic tart.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I bought a 1967 soft-window Targa. It had 58,000 miles, and when
    needed a new window, which I replaced. Enjoyed for about 3 years and sold so I could get a 1970 911E. Wish I stilled each now!

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